The Bieler Press
4216-1/4 Glencoe Avenue
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
Gerald Lange at The Bieler Press specializes in exploratory project-based services and techniques for print production. He provides fine typographic composition, high quality letterpress printing, and precise restoration and reproduction of printed images and letterforms.
Photopolymer platemaking: Primarily serving Southern California, 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 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. First published in 1998, it went through four print editions.
Art Center College of Design, Archetype Press, South Campus.
950 South Raymond Avenue, Pasadena. California.
A Public Programs course sponsored by Art Center at Night.
[Offered by Gerald Lange at Art Center since 2002].
—Fall, 2014. 14 weeks. Tuesday evenings, 7–10.
September 9–December 9.
—Spring, 2015. 14 weeks. Tuesday evenings, 7–10.
January 13–April 14. [registration begins December 1]
—Summer, 2015. 14 weeks. Tuesday evenings, 7–10.
May 12–August 11. [registration begins April 10]
An online group site, Subiaco, serves as a referential component for instructional venues taught by Gerald Lange. The site contains syllabi, handouts, recommended textbook listings, posted announcements, and other resources, including equipment and materials for sale.
Currently in production is An Elegie by Ben Jonson. The type is set in the Civilité, Saint Augustin, by Mark Askam at Chestnut Press. The chapbook was designed and printed by Gerald Lange. It is published by Anthony Baker at The Gruffyground Press as the second publication in his Shakespeare and His Contemporaries series. For more information see the chapbooks section above.
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 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 1991, Lange was selected as the first recipient of the prestigious Carl Hertzog Award for Excellence in Book Design (in 2014 he 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 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 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), Printing History (APHA), 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 (1997 to 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; 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: 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 demands of a catalogue on this scale were large, and we were fortunate in finding two artists equal to them. Matthew Carter, Carter & Cone Type, Cambridge, Massachusetts, designer of Wilson (Greek) and Miller (roman), the first entirely successful match of Greek and roman type in digital form, adapted them to the needs of the project (renaming them Manutius). The reconfigured founts required many special characters, whose varying shapes and number tested his skill and patience to the utmost. To the success of his work the ensuing pages are the best tribute. Their elegance, a notable achievement in a work of severely technical character, is due to Gerald Lange, of The Bieler Press, Marina del Rey, California, who had chief responsibility for the book’s typographic design. This again was a task that went far beyond the normal task of laying out printed matter. His enquiring mind looked beyond its original form to the reasons for thus presenting it; this Socratic approach immeasurably improved the logic of its arrangement. His sure but unassertive sense of design has given it further grace. To both we are especially grateful. —Nicolas Barker
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 original shipping box. Insured, free shipping (US).