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)

We are able to offer a rare mid 1800’s imperial hot foil blocking press which is havinga full back to bare metal restoration using the latest electronics (originally heated by gas). The press is the same as featured in the photographs (which has recently been sold). This press will have a very large blocking/ printing area of 450mm by 450mm and will have 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 and also for producing fine quality letterpress printing. Delivery and installation can be arranged at extra cost.

  • The Press is presently being fully restored and should be ready on October 2023
  • 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