Letterpress printing is a technique of relief printing using a printing press. Many copies are produced by repeated direct impression of an inked, raised surface against sheets or a continuous roll of paper.
This was the normal form of printing text from its invention by Johannes Gutenberg in the mid-15th century until the 19th century. It remained in wide use for books and other uses until the second half of the 20th century.
Dr Lorna Robinson, Director of the Rumble Museum donated this item to the Living Museum. She said: "Reading and books have been one of the greatest loves of my life from a very early age, and I think this artefact is both beautiful (I love the little cubby holes!) and preserves part of the history of the printing tradition. I also chose it because books and printing are a defining part of the history and way of life of the city of Oxford".