When checking my usual links and blogs, I chased down a link on The Old School Press's site. That one link is great (though I can't remember where I got it from), about the making of a book on typographer Harry Carter,but the entire site – and their work – is worth a post all its own. The Old School Press, in their own words, "... prints and publishes new texts in limited editions with specially commissioned illustrations. We use traditional letterpress printing techniques, metal type, fine papers, and hand-binding." Located in an old school house (the reason for the name) near Bath, England, they produce beautiful books (example 2); works of art that combine the best of typography, letterpress, content, bookbinding and illustration. Sweet lord, It's almost too much. Since their site is a touch confusing to navigate, here's a few sublinks to get you going.
1. The Western Proof Press. Their main press for printing books and posters.
2. The Monotype Composition Caster - somehow manipulated to be run off of a PC!
3. The Printing of The Brick of Venice. A step by step gallery of their process. So cool.
4. A link to other private presses in the UK.
Of course! It was an article from Hoefler & Frere-Jones new site. (Which is absolutely bookmarkable.)