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Hand Bookbinders Exhibit (long)

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        S I L V E R   A N N I V E R S A R Y   E X H I B I T I O N

            []  []  The Hand Bookbinders of California  []  []

Once again the San Francisco Public Library will host the annual Members'
Exhibition of the Hand Bookbinders of California: this year celebrating the
twenty-fifth anniversary of this organization.

This important anniversary exhibition will take place in the Skylight Gallery
on the sixth floor of the Main Library, Civic Center, from November 4
through December 28, 1997, with an opening reception Thursday, November 6, 6:00
to 8:00 p.m. The exhibition will feature more than fifty examples of the
binder's art, from the most traditional book forms to contemporary experimental

These bindings represent a cross-section of the interests of the membership of
the organization itself, which is comprised of students, part-time binders, and
full-time professionals who receive commissions from all over the world.

A fully illustrated catalogue will accompany the exhibition, with descriptions
of the works and biographical information about the artists. The catalogue is
$25.00; for order information, please contact the Friends Store at 415.557.4258
or Patricia Galante, Hand Bookbinders of California, at 415.753.6577.

The Hand Bookbinders of California has sponsored exhibitions of members' work
since the late 1970s. For many years the exhibits were displayed in the front
windows of John Howell Books, near Union Square, until this famous shop closed
its doors. Since then the exhibition has appeared at the Palace of the Legion
of Honor, Mills College, Stanford University's Green Library, and other venues,
until finally being welcomed "home" by the San Francisco Public Library. This
will be the fifth year that the Library has been the site for the exhibition.

        * * *  About the Hand Bookbinders of California  * * *

The book arts tradition flourished in 19th century San Francisco, where the
printing industry was especially vigorous. With the founding of the Book Club
of California in 1912, fine printing and fine binding were encouraged even
more. Bell McMurtry Young, one of the early members of the Book Club, was an
active teacher of hand bookbinding: her students went on to teach others, and
in turn those students grew to be teachers as well. Today, the fourth genera-
tion of binders continues to pass along this very personal craft tradition.

The HBC was formed by a small group of bookbinding teachers and students in
1972, with the idea of exchanging information and creating opportunities to
show their work. In addition to the regular members' exhibition, the organiza-
tion has sponsored special events including an international show of design
bindings at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (1978) and _Printer:Poet:
Binder:Book_ (1987), twenty-two fine bindings of Clifford Burke's _Printing

Membership in the HBC is open to anyone with an interest in books and
bookbinding. Monthly meetings are held from September through June, and a
newsletter, _The Gold Leaf_, is published regularly.

For more about the exhibition, please contact the Book Arts & Special
Collections Center, San Francisco Public Library, 415.557.4560.

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