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Juniper Von Phitzer Press exhibit



                Juniper Von Phitzer Press: A Book in Hand

SAN FRANCISCO--Miniature books from the Juniper Von Phitzer Press are the
focus of a new exhibit at the Book Arts and Special Collections Center of the
San Francisco Public Library. The exhibit, _A Book in Hand: The Complete Works
of Juniper Von Phitzer Press_, runs November 5 through December 2, 1999, and
features 65 miniature books, a portfolio, a codex, ephemera, and individual
works. The Book Arts and Special Collections Center is located on the sixth
floor of the Main Library at 100 Larkin Street.

The Press is the joint venture of Juniper Von Phitzer (Lloyd L. Neilson),
designer, printer, and binder, and Marvin R. Hiemstra, poet-writer, both ably
supported by various feline accomplices. Established in 1976, the Press
produced its first miniature book in 1985.

An opening reception will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, November 6, with a
droll presentation by Marvin Hiemstra, "A Book in Hand," followed by refresh-
ments provided by the Press. Mr. Hiemstra's talk will be given in the intimate
surroundings of the rare book room on the Sixth Floor of the Main Library
(Civic Center), and the refreshments will be served on the Sixth Floor patio,
just off the Skylight Gallery. The reception ends at 4:00 p.m.

The public is invited to this free event sponsored by the Book Arts & Special
Collections Center of the San Francisco Public Library. Formally dedicated in
1964, the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections was created by
former City Librarian William Holman. After a period of impressive growth, the
Center, renamed the Marjorie G. and Carl W. Stern Book Arts and Special Col-
lections Center, reopened in April 1996 on the sixth floor of the new Main
Library. The Center houses some of the most highly revered collections in a
public institution, including the Robert Grabhorn Collection on the History of
Printing and the Development of the Book, the Richard Harrison Collection of
Calligraphy and Lettering, and the Schmulowitz Collection of Wit and Humor.
For hours or other information, please call the Center at 415.557.4560.

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