Asbern Census

asbern-logoThis table lists 66 Asbern proof presses worldwide. Made in Augsburg, West Germany in the 1950s–70s, Asbern presses have fixed beds and rolling carriages. They feature a dial for incremental height cylinder adjustment to change the impression and a lever for manual cylinder trip.

Models AD-1 and ADR-1 have hand-cranked carriages and power ink distribution. Some AD-1s have manual ink distribution.

The PI-1 has power ink distribution and a wash-up unit, similar to the Vandercook Universal and SP series, and two gripper opener cams for short or long print strokes, similar to the Universals. These three models were imported into the U.S. by the E.G. Lindner Co., in Los Angeles.

The Rationella I is hand-cranked, the Rationella II is either hand-cranked or has a power carriage, and the Rationella III has a power carriage only. These models were imported into the U.K. by Gordon and Gotch Ltd.

To add or correct data, use the Contact Form. Please note if press has a power carriage. If you have an operation manual please consider scanning and allowing this site to post it as a PDF.

ModelS/NOwnerLocationYear/Notes
AD-17211Black Rock Press/U. of Nevada RenoUSA, NV, Reno1963
AD-17803Tank Dive PressUSA, GA, Norcross1965
AD-1Little InksNetherlands, Den Haag
ADR-13496Archivio TipograficoItaly, Turin
ADR-16954Ernst-Litfass-Schule / OSZ Druck- und MedientechnikGermany, Berlin1963
ADR-17097Wheaton CollegeUSA, IL, Wheaton 1963
ADR-17101Tom KillionUSA, CA, Pt. Reyes1963
ADR-17206PrivateUSA, Private1963
ADR-17212DWRI LetterpressUSA, RI, Providence 1963. Briar 07/2017
ADR-17267Addis Ababa UniversityEthiopia, Addis Ababa 1964. Used to roll out clay
ADR-17440Spork PressUSA, AZ, Tuscon1964
ADR-17517Lyceum PressUSA, CA, Anaheim1964
ADR-17530Gruenwald PressUSA, CA, San Francisco1964
ADR-17533Cincinnati Art AcademyUSA, OH, Cincinnati1964
ADR-17542Montana State UniversityUSA, MT, Bozeman1965
ADR-17612fountainheadNew Zealand, Hamilton1965
ADR-17800HuiPress PublicationsUSA, HI, Makawao1965
ADR-17801La Jolla Athaneium Art & Music LibraryUSA, CA, La Jolla1965
ADR-17895U. Utah/Book ArtsUSA, UT, Salt Lake City1966
ADR-17899Genghis Kern Letterpress & DesignUSA, CO, Denver1966
ADR-17909Aidan MawhinneyAustralia, Sydney1966. For sale 9/2015
ADR-17927Thomas H. CremannsGermany, Dusseldorf1966
ADR-17958Idaho State UniversityUSA, ID, Pocatello1966
ADR-17960Jim CarminUSA, OR, Portland1966
ADR-17987Press at Colorado CollegeUSA, CO, Colorado Springs1966
ADR-17988Mackie OsborneUSA, CA, Los Angeles1966
ADR-18038KeaganMeeganUSA, OR, Portland1966
ADR-18127International Printing MuseumUSA, CA, Carson1967
ADR-18172Anise PressUSA, TX, College Station1967
ADR-18207Institutions Jacques ChaillouFrance, La Chapelle-Montlinard1967. For sale 6/2013
ADR-18295Shooting Star PressUSA, AR, Little Rock1968
ADR-18315Johan SolbergNorway, Tistedal1968
ADR-18322Lewis Jeffrey ZillesAustralia, VI, Ballarat 1968. For Sale http://www.612bellst.com/listing/asbern-ad-r1-proofing-press/
ADR-18364Sirima SatamanUSA, CA, San Francisco1968
ADR-18456The Hungry WorkshopAustralia, Melbourne1969
ADR-18467Point Jaune MuseumSwitzerland, St. Gallen1969
ADR-18529AmpersandenFrance, Nancy1969
ADR-18647Carlo KrierLuxembourg, Grevenmacher1970
ADR-18699UnknownGermany, Bremen1971. For sale 6/2012 via http://www.netzwerk-druckgrafik.de/
ADR-18730Actus Reus Press / Lawrence FinnAustralia, Sydney1971
ADR-1Bjorn LetterpressUSA, UT, Provo
ADR-1Castle PressUSA, CA, Pasadena
ADR-1Many Names PressUSA, CA, Capitola
ADR-1Tom KillionUSA, CA, Pt. ReyesIn storage
ADR-1Wai-te-ata Press/Victoria University of WellingtonNew Zealand, Wellington
ADR-26859HaandverketNorway, Fredrikstad1962
PAK 13423Stigbergets Stamp och PressSweden, Stockholm
PAK1Titi ZaadnoordijkNetherlands, Scherpenzeel
PI-17326EMPrint PressUSA, SD, Sandhills1964
PN7791La TipograficaMexico, Monterrey1965
PN7869Steintor-Presse, Medienhaven GmbHGermany, Bremen1966
R14784Peter De RoyBelgium, Brussels 1957. 4 removable ink units. Used by a four-colour cliche factory to proof cmyk die forms.
R1Grafisch Atelier Den BoscNetherlands, 's-Hertogenbosch
R2Stichting WeerdrukNetherlands, Amsterdam
RP4187Charlotte van LanckerBelgium, Ghent 1955
Rationella II4879Marie Verstegen, Atelier Scarabee, Netherlands Netherlands, Volkel1958
RP6176Rosemarijn van Limburg-StirumNetherlands, Delft1960
Rationella II6203Grafisch Werkcentrum AmsterdamNetherlands, Amsterdam 1960
RP6312Jan van Eyck AcademieNetherlands Maastricht1961
RPDe Vier SeizoenenNetherlands, Groningen
RPHand-druk-werkNetherlands, Sassenheim
RPZwaluwpersNetherlands, Delft
unknownHolloway Press/U. of AucklandNew Zealand, Auckland
unknownLimerick PrintmakersIreland, Limerick
unknownLJC-persNetherlands, Amsterdam
unknownStichting Mooi WerkNetherlands, Schiedam1959

Acknowledgments
Thank you to everyone who has shared their Asbern press data, but especially to Hans van Eijk and Thomas Gravemaker who have reported multiple other presses of which they are aware.

TablePress  plugin by Tobias Bäthge.