Antique and vintage bookbinding and letterpress equipment for sale 

Please contact us to purchase any of the equipment shown in the photographs below on 01584 878110 or

We are happy to answer and questions you have, and to share additional photos if required. Buyers are welcome to visit Ludlow Bookbinders for a demonstration of the equipment in action, please contact us to arrange a visit.

Imperial Press (FOR SALE)

A rare mid 1800’s imperial hot foil blocking press has been fully restored and modernised, so that it now operates using electronics (originally heated by gas). The refurbished press is the same as the one recently sold and pictured below. The press has a very large blocking/ printing area of 450mm by 450mm and a lightweight precision ground chase for mounting dies. These fine presses can produce massive pressure with little effort, which is required for blind embossing, foil blocking and for producing fine quality letterpress printing. Delivery and installation can be arranged at extra cost.

  • The Press has been fully restored (Oct 23) and is available to view or buy
  • This is a seriously impressive piece of equipment. The Imperial Press is used for blocking or printing on bed size of 18”x18’’
  • It is extremely rare to find a machine with this bed size 
  • An example of two of the large and detailed prints that have been produced on this press are shown below
  • Please email for any more information
Atlas Press
Atlas Press