Tour Stop 2: The Gordon Press

You may recognize this device; a rendering of it is used as our logo and pressmark. The Gordon – formerly employed as an actual printing press and the one on which Stan printed our very first book (Wayne Clifford’s Man in a Window) – is now used chiefly for scoring covers. Operated completely by hand and foot – we think of it as our own private Stair Master – it employs a combination of gravity and gears to make a spine impression along the back of each cover. The score is adjusted by ‘points,’ hair-breadth measurements (72 per inch) that can radically affect how snug or loose a binding will be. Typically, 400 covers can be scored in an hour.

Now step into The Type Room!