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Gerald Lange
The Bieler Press
4216-1/4 Glencoe Avenue
Marina del Rey, CA 90292

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Typographic and production services

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The Bieler Press specializes in exploratory project-based services and techniques for print production. We provide fine typographic composition, high quality letterpress printing, and precise restoration and reproduction of printed images and letterforms.

The Aaron Horkey Retrospective Letterpress Print Series I–VI

Letterpress digital services and materials

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Photopolymer platemaking: The Bieler Press has provided photopolymer platemaking to the contemporary studio letterpress community since 1995. Offered are professionally processed premium-grade plates for today’s popular bases (Bunting, Patmag, Boxcar, Eluminum) with rapid turn-around. For further details go to Photopolymer Platemaking Service.

Bunting magnetic bases: The Bieler Press is a manufacturing representative and distributor of the industry standard Bunting Magnetic Cerface™ Flat Base for Bunting Magnetics Co. The crème de la crème.

Monograph on photopolymer platemaking and letterpress printing with digital type: The Bieler Press is the publisher of Printing digital type on the hand-operated flatbed cylinder press, the seminal manual on letterpress printing with the photopolymer plate process.

Letterpress Instruction - 2014


Contemporary Studio Letterpress
Art Center College of Design, Archetype Press, South Campus.
950 South Raymond Avenue, Pasadena
Sponsored by Art Center at Night (Public Programs).

Spring. 14 weeks. Tuesday evenings, 7–10.
January 14–April 15.
Status: Completed.

Summer. 14 weeks. Tuesday evenings, 7–10.
May 13–August 12.
Status: Registration open.

An online group site, Subiaco, serves as a referential component for instructional venues taught by Gerald Lange. Currently enrolled students should sign up for membership as the site contains syllabi, handouts, recommended textbook listings, posted announcements, and other resources, including equipment and materials for sale.

Bieler Press Publications & Production

Descriptions of selected titles can be found on the separately linked pages at Fine Press Limited Editions. Forthcoming work includes:

Learning From Moxon, A Through Z, &c., The Bieler Press.

An Elegie, Ben Jonson, The Gruffyground Press.

Biographical sketch

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Gerald Lange is the proprietor and founder (1975) of The Bieler Press, a small printing and publishing firm specializing in studio letterpress, typographic design, and the publication of finely-printed limited edition books and related matter.

In 2005, Lange was chosen to present the Eighth Annual Stephen A. Kanter Lecture on California Fine Printing at the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University of California, Los Angeles. In 1991, he was selected as the first recipient of the prestigious Carl Hertzog Award for Excellence in Book Design (in 2014 Lange was asked to serve as a judge for the 14th Award). His publications have also won awards from the Type Directors Club, the American Institute of Graphic Arts, and the Chicago Book Clinic.

In 1985, the University of Minnesota established The Bieler Press Archival Materials Collection to provide and maintain historical documentation of the Press. In support of his early endeavors, Lange was awarded five assistance grants from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as grants from the Elmer L. and Eleanor J. Andersen Foundation. In 2013, UCLA Library′s Center for Oral History Research conducted interviews of Lange for inclusion in their transcript collection.

Lange has written extensively on typography and the book arts, contributing articles for publications such as Parenthesis (FPBA), book art object (CODEX), Ampersand (PCBA), Printing History (APHA), Guild of Book Workers Newsletter, Counter, Serif, Bookways, and The Typographer. In 2007, he was selected to present a paper on contemporary typography for the 32nd Annual Conference of the American Printing History Association. His seminal monograph, Printing digital type on the hand-operated flatbed cylinder press, which went through four editions, was first published in 1998.

Lange provides instruction at Art Center College of Design (various, since 2000). From 1986 to 1993, he was Master Printer at the USC Fine Arts Press. While at the University of Southern California, he was also editor of the scholarly journal Coranto. Lange has also taught coursework and workshops for Otis College of Art and Design (various, 1997 through 2013), Irvine Fine Arts Center (Master Printer Workshop), California Institute of the Arts, Minnesota Center for Book Arts (Master classes), Scripps College (Frederic W. Goudy Workshops), Kent State University (Blossom Visual Communication Design Workshop), University of Minnesota, School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

From 1990 to 1996, Lange was editor of AbraCadaBrA, the Journal of the Alliance for Contemporary Book Arts, an organization he co-founded in 1987. He was Chairman of the Fine Press Book Association (NA) from 1999 to 2001. In 2001, he founded PPLetterpress, an online forum on investigative, exploratory, and alternative printing and typographic techniques.

Exhibitions of Bieler Press work include Men Over 25: California Edition. Printing Letterpress for Over a Quarter of a Century. Scripps College, 2012; California Printers in the Fine Press Tradition, 1975–2006, Stanford University, 2007; Master Printers, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery/Barnsdall Park, 2006; Books & Books, Otis College of Art + Design, 2005; Matter & Spirit: The Genesis and Evolution of the Book, Wells College Book Arts Center, 2004; Ninety from the Nineties: A Decade of Printing, New York Public Library, 2003.

Institutional collections of Bieler Press work include The British Library, University of California (various), Columbia University, Harvard University, University of Minnesota, New York Public Library, Princeton University, Stanford University, Victoria and Albert Museum, Yale University.

The Aldine Press

The Aldine Press

The Aldine Press: Catalogue of the Ahmanson-Murphy Collection of books by or relating to the Press in the Library of the University of California, Los Angeles; incorporating works recorded elsewhere.

This massive tome is the culmination of a four-year project; containing some 1,370 quasi-facsimile bibliographic descriptions of the printed work (1495–1589) of Aldus Manutius, his heirs, and related material. It includes a lengthy introductory essay (by editor Nicolas Barker), illustrative matter (378 typefaces, printer’s devices, and reconstructed watermarks), and referential information (tables, concordance, and indexes).

The typographic design and composition for The Aldine Press were provided by Gerald Lange of The Bieler Press. The book was digitally composed in Manutius – a singularly unique typeface containing an unprecedented set of roman and Greek letterforms common to printing and orthographic practices of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries – specially designed for the project by Matthew Carter.

The typographic considerations involved in the production of this book were detailed in an article by Gerald Lange in Printing History: the Journal of the American Printing History Association, 2001.

Published by the University of California Press in 2001. Printed on Mohawk Superfine, an acid-free paper, in an edition consisting of 425 copies. The book measures 9 by 12 inches (with cloth covered slipcase). 673 pages. ISBN 0-520-22993-2. LC 00-064851.

Out-of-print from publisher; retailed at $495. We have a limited number of these available in unopened shipping box. Inquire.