Albion Iron Handpress | Creator: Richard Whittaker Cope | ca. 1820
Albion-style handpresses were first developed around 1820 in England by Richard Whittaker Cope. Their design proliferated, making them relatively inexpensive and popular in common small-job print shops.
This Albion press housed in the Cary Collection belonged to the celebrated American artist John DePol (1913-2004), shown below inking one of his wood engravings. This press was also owned previously by prolific type designer, Frederic Goudy.