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Hand Bookbinders of California exhibit

                Experience the Wonders of Hand Bookbinding at the
                        San Francisco Public Library

San Francisco: An exhibition showcasing the work of the members of the Hand
Bookbinders of California, will open with a reception Thursday, November 5,
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., in the Skylight Gallery of the Main Library, Civic
Center. The exhibition continues through December 31, 1998.

Co-sponsored by the Book Arts and Special Collections Center, San Francisco
Public Library, the 26th annual members' show will feature the work of amateur
as well as internationally recognized bookbinders. Eleanore Ramsey's superbly
designed and colorful binding for _Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales_ is
among the works which will be on display.

Since the late 1970s, the Hand Bookbinders of California has sponsored exhi-
bitions of members' work, for many years in the front windows of John Howell
Books, near Union Square, until this famous shop closed its doors. After a
number of years at other venues throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, the
Hand Bookbinders show was welcomed home by the San Francisco Public Library,
where exhibitions have taken place since 1993.

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

For more information, please call the Book Arts and Special Collections
Center at 415.557.4560.

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