…Conferring with sundry printers to the end I might print a certen number of them,
but none woulde compounde, unless they might reape what I had sowen, and for
my corne to giue mee chaffe. Wherefore I deuised this kinde of presse, wch is por-
table hauing the force of 24 men, to the end I might print them with myne owne
handes, for such as are worthy to possesse them, and will not imploy any Inuention contayned herein, otherwise then lawfully. The mouements of this presse are soe
plaine to bee perceiued, that it needeth no declaration.
From Notebook, ff. 68v-69r. England, late 16th c. Osborn a8.