For Sale. Anderson & Vreeland Orbital VIII photopolymer platemaking machine. Works well, a money maker.

Originally purchased new from A&V on 6/29/95. Several years ago (2006) I rebuilt the machine including replacement with Fulham Co. Inc, 5Workhorse5 120 volt solid state electric components (which Anderson & Vreeland said they wished were around when the Orbital VIII was originally built). Photos show changing marks.
Includes all items required for making plates. Several boxes of unused A-2 plates, both polyester film and steel plate backed [Printight KM95GR (15 sheets). KF95GC (20 sheets), KM152GR (7 sheets)] (platemaker was originally set up for steel backed plates, magnetic sheeting supplied for film backed plates).
Several rolls of adhesive and magnetic sheeting for polyester film backed plates. Nearly 3 inches thick of paper sheets with information on the process and equipment. Urethane sponge roller and container for removing moisture from exposed plates upon completion. Large steel container 30 by 30 by 24 inches of unused but cut to sizes plate material.
Size A-2 System (16-1/2 by 23-3/8). Electrical 110/1/60. Original shipping weight 662 lbs. With piping attached: height from floor, on wheels 44.25 inches; length, 42 inches; width 28 inch


Contact information

printer’s ink balls
Gerald Lange
The Bieler Press

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Updated 10/25/2021. Website is at Firefox or Google.

Purchases of many items listed throughout this site can be made from the Press through PayPal using the above email/payment address.
Bieler Press materials, et al, can also be purchased similarly as listed at eBay and Etsy. With the move of the Press to Prescott Valley, Arizona, in early January 2020, fine books are now scheduled here at the blog pages, Bieler Press Library, Fine Press Books, Fine Press Chapbooks, Fine Press Broadsides, and others.

Letterpress digital services and materials

Photopolymer platemaking: The Bieler Press provided photopolymer platemaking to the contemporary studio letterpress community from mid-1995 through 2019. Offered were professionally processed premium-grade plates for today’s popular bases. For further details go to Photopolymer Platemaking Service.

Bunting magnetic bases: The Bieler Press was a manufacturing representative and distributor of the industry-standard Bunting Magnetic Cerface™ Flat Base for Bunting Magnetics Co. The crème de la crème. I have two previously used MB811 Bunting flatbases (for .038" plates) available for $1,085 each.


Monograph on photopolymer platemaking and letterpress printing with digital type: The Bieler Press was 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 several print editions. Copies of early editions are still available (click on the title above). Signed by the author upon request.

Still considered the definitive manual on the process. . .

The 5th edition of Gerald Lange’s monograph, Printing digital type on the hand-operated flatbed cylinder press, was produced in May 2018, by Chatwin Books, Seattle. This edition is 114 pages long and includes several related articles [marked with an asterisk below] previously written by Lange. The paperback edition is available from the publisher as well as from The Bieler Press for $24.95 (plus shipping). Signed by the author if requested.
Part I: Overview
1 A Brief History of Photopolymer Plates
Part II: Photopolymer Plates
2 Technical Aspects of Photopolymer Printing Plates
3 Photopolymer Platemaking Equipment
4 Pre-Digital Typesetting Cautions and Considerations
5 Film Negatives and Imaging
6 The Platemaking Process—Preparation, Exposure
7 The Platemaking Process- Washout, Drying, and Curing
8 Storage and Care of Photopolymer Plates
Part III: Printing
9 The Hand-Operated Flatbed Cylinder Proof Press
10 Notes on Press Operations and Maintenance
11 Edition Printing on the Cylinder Proof Press* Parenthesis: The Journal of the Fine Press Book Association, 1999
12 Cylinder Packing and Makeready
13 Flatbases
14 Base Lockup and Press Preparation
15 Plate Registration
16 Rollers and Inking
17 Notes on Ink and Paper
18 Impression
Part IV: Working With Digital Type
Examples of font modification
19 Digital Type
20 Configuring Digital Type for Letterpress
21 Pre-Press Cautions and Considerations
22 Digital Type Foundries Respond to Letterpress* Parenthesis: The Journal of the Fine Press Book Association, 2002
23 Font Modification Sequence for Fontographer
24 Font Modification Sequence for FontLab Studio
About the Author
References & Suggested Reading

Typographic and production services


For other publishers, Gerald Lange at The Bieler Press specialized in exploratory project-based services and techniques for print production. He provided fine typographic composition, high quality letterpress printing, and precise restoration and reproduction of printed images and letterforms. Copies of several items can be found for sale throughout this site.

The Aaron Horkey Retrospective Letterpress Print Series I–VI

Biographical sketch


Gerald Lange is the proprietor and founder (1975) of The Bieler Press, a small printing and publishing firm that specialized in studio letterpress, typographic design, and the publication of finely-printed limited edition books and related matter. The Bieler Press provided photopolymer platemaking to the contemporary studio letterpress community from 1995 until 2019.

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 wrote 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, was first published in 1998, and in 2018, a 5th edition was published by Chatwin Books, Seattle.

From 1986 to 1993, Lange 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 also taught coursework and workshops for Art Center College of Design (2000 to 2016) and Otis College of Art and Design (1997 to 2013), as well as Irvine Fine Arts Center (Master Printer Workshop), California Institute of the Arts, Minnesota Center for Book Arts (Masterclasses), Scripps College (Frederic W. Goudy Workshops), Kent State University (Blossom Visual Communication Design Workshop), University of Minnesota, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and others.

From 1990 to 1996, Lange was the 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 group/forum for investigative, exploratory, and alternative printing and typographic techniques (after eighteen years it ended with the closure of Yahoo Groups in late 2019).

Exhibitions of Bieler Press work included Catching the Light, Bookworks from Southern California, San Francisco Center for the Book, and concurrent Book  Club of California broadside exhibition, 2018; 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, et al.