Dürer’s 1511 Drawing of a Press and Printer

Albrecht Dürer had his finger on the pulse. Just a few short decades after Gutenberg did his thing, Dürer was making plans for pressrooms. His lovely drawing is reproduced here via collotype and is accompanied by an essay by Ray Nash. Is this much ado about nothing? Perhaps. But it’s a beautiful piece of New England printing. And it’s interesting. And there were only 550 copies printed. Collect them all by starting with this one.
  • Author: Ray Nash
  • Size: 12 × 9 inches
  • Pages: 18
  • Binding: Hardcover. Black cloth with gold foil 
  • Publisher: Harvard College Library, 1947