Thursday, August 06, 2009


Rob Lamb of the Gumtree Press is a journeyman letterpress compositor and printer with a private press specializing in limited editions. He works with handset lead type and two ARAB platen printing presses, circa 1897/9 a Foolscap Folio (A4) and Crown Folio (A3).

Rob has a steadily increasing type collection in serif, sans serif, script and wooden type. He can also print wood and lino cut.
Letterpress printing is a 550 year old tradition which Rob is keeping alive in the 21st century. He can combine digital with letterpress to make something very special.

The first publication from the Gumtree Press is a limited edition of 100 copies. S(t)et by David Howard presents texts that have been set by the composers Marta Jirackova (Czech Republic), Brina Jez (Slovenia), and Johanna Selleck (Australia). The edition's release coincides with the world premiere concert of Johanna Selleck's settings at Melba Hall, University of Melbourne, on Friday 18 September. The premiere will feature leading sopranos Merlyn Quaife and Judith Dodsworth.

S(t)et is available direct from The Gumtree Press, The Gums, Port Chalmers, Otago, New Zealand. Rob Lamb can be contacted at

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