1. a : the process of printing from an inked raised surface especially when the paper is impressed directly upon the surface leaving a tangible indentation on the paper, creating a hand-crafted look and feel. Often used for broadsides,
limited edition artist books, stationery and invitations. b : work done by this process. c : a press for letterpress printing
2. chiefly Brit: Print;—often used of the reading matter in distinction from the illustrations.