Co-published by San Francisco Public Library and The Book Club of California, honoring the Old Main Library and its lapidary inscriptions. Inspired by the events surrounding the Library’s conversion into the Asian Art Museum, this photographic history captures a moment in time that might otherwise have been lost. Designed and edited by Jack Stauffacher, proprietor of the legendary Greenwood Press of San Francisco, the book features photographs by Dennis Letbetter, and essays by historian Gray Brechin, noted British stone cutter and type designer Michael Harvey, and influential type designer Sumner Stone. The book is printed in an edition of 1,000 copies; 80 pages, with 68 duotone photographs. The price is $55.00, plus applicable California sales tax. Available from the Book Arts & Special Collections Center, print order form here.
Trance & Recalcitrance
The exhibition catalogue documenting the work of Frances Butler and Alastair Johnston's Berkeley-based Poltroon Press (1995). Poltroon Press was established in 1975 with the intent to print and publish original works of "literature, poetry, short stories, experimental writing, as well as books on graphic arts, typography, bibliography, design history, and subjects difficult to classify." The press has won many awards for work which continues the tradition of letterpress printing in the San Francisco Bay Area. Published by the Pacific Center for the Book Arts and the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. With illustrations and chronology. 46 pages. Limited edition. $10.00. Contact the Book Arts & Special Collections Center.