Prints from the Vandercook Proof Press

Butler Library is pleased to host Prints from the Vanderhook Proof Press, on view June 15 to August 15, 2009 on the third floor of the library during regular hours. The exhibit celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Vandercook press, by far the most recognized name in the world of proof presses.

Folios from the Vandercook Press Exhibit

In 1909, Robert O. Vandercook was the first to develop a geared, rigid-bed cylinder proof press, a machine capable of providing the industry with high-quality proofs from metal types and photoengravings. Since the 1960s, Vandercook presses have been adopted as the press of choice for fine press printers and book artists.

On display at Butler Library will be 32 unbound folios, as well as essays by Master Printers: Barbara Henry, Fritz Klinke, Henry Morris, Paul Moxon, Michael Peich, and Perry Tymeson.

Contributors include: Delphi Basilicato; Mare Blocker—MKimberly Press; Dean Bornstein—The Perpetua Press; Martha Chiplis; Johanna Drucker; Karla Elling—Mummy Mountain Press; Elsi Vassdal Ellis—Eve Press; Jules Remedios Faye—Stern & Faye Printers; Roni Gross; Barbara Henry—Harsimus Press; Tracy Honn; Peter Koch; Peter Kruty; Sara Langworthy; Ruth Lingen; Nancy Loeber; Daniel Mayer—The Nomadic Press; Paul Moxon—Fameorshame Press; Matt Neff & Christopher van Auken—The Common Press; Bonnie O’Connell—The Penumbra Press; Mary Phelan; Harry Reese—Turkey Press; John Risseeuw—Cabbagehead Press; Abigail Rorer—The Lone Oak Press; Katherine McCanless Ruffin—Shinola Press; Rugula Russell & CB Sherlock—Accordion Press Collaborations; Sara T. Sauers—Catstep Press; Gaylord Schanilec; Champe Smith—Imitation Pearl Press; Barbara Tetenbaum—Triangular Press.

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