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Vandercook Simple Precision 15 (SP-15) Press, 1961



The Vandercook Simple Precision 15 (SP-15) Press was manufactured by Vandercook & Sons. Robert Vandercook began manufacuring presses in 1909. In time, the name Vandercook became synonymous with proof presses. The SP-15 is noteworthy for its lightweight design. It was designed to print repro proofs from metal type forms on a specific type of paper. These were used to make photo-litho plates for offset printing. The impression cylinder is automatically in print mode, unlike earlier Vandercook presses, unless manually switched to trip mode. It features 'quick change' rollers.


  • Creation: 1961


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers, but must be handled and used with the supervision of a curator.


15.33 square feet Item(s) : 705 lbs ; 2 ft 8 in x 5 ft 9 in


From the Collection: English

Physical Location

Located in Printmaking Studio, RIT College of Art and Design, Booth Hall 4501.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Stephen O. Saxe


James Moran, "Printing Presses: History and Development from the Fifteenth Century to Modern Times," Berkeley, University of California Press, 1973.
Paul Martin Tonsing, "The Power of the Press: History and Development of Printing Presses from the Fifteenth Century to the Twenty-first Century," Fort Worth, Tex.: P & T Pub. Co., 1999.
Paul Moxon, "Vandercook SP15," Letterpress Commons, n.d. url accessed 14 December 2022:

Physical Facet

style: cylinder press

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bed dimensions: 15 x 13.5 in.

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max sheet: 14.75 x 20 in.

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serial number: 23292

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draw sheet: 14.5 x 25.5 in.

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max form: 14 x 18 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Cary Graphic Arts Collection Repository

Rochester NY 14623 US
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