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[BKARTS] Book Arts at SFPL



This is a reminder of current and upcoming book arts and related events
at the San Francisco Public Library.


Ending Soon


Disbound and Dispersed: The Leaf Book Considered.


This is the first exhibition to examine the history of the leaf book. A
late nineteenth-century development, a leaf book contains an original
leaf from a significant printed book or manuscript that has been
complemented with an essay or other explanatory material and rebound in
a fine press publication. While this practice more widely distributes
portions of the original, coveted book, it comes at the price of either
destroying or dispersing an intact or partially fragmented publication.
This landmark exhibition includes approximately 60 leaf books with
manuscript and printed leaves ranging from the twelfth through twentieth
centuries. The items are drawn from three private collections and the
collections of Northwestern University, the University of Chicago,
Brigham Young University, Harvard University, Indiana University, and
R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company. At the San Francisco Public Library, the
exhibition will be supplemented by related materials in the Library's
Book Arts & Special Collections Center. The exhibition is organized by
the Caxton Club <http://www.caxtonclub.org/index.html>  of Chicago, a
society of book collectors founded in 1895 and named after the first
English printer, William Caxton.


Through December 31, 2005

Main Library, Lower Level, Jewett Gallery

100 Larkin Street (at Grove)


Related Exhibition


Leaf Books in the Robert Grabhorn Collection on the History of Printing
and the Development of the Book
<http://sfpl.org/librarylocations/main/bookarts/grabhorn.htm> .


A selection from our own large collection of leaf books, these are ones
not included in Disbound and Dispersed.


Through December 31, 2005

Main Library, 6th floor, Book Arts & Special Collections Center 

100 Larkin Street (at Grove)


Online Exhibition


Reversing Vandalism: destroyed books transformed into art.


In early 2001, San Francisco Public Library staff began finding
vandalized books shoved under shelves, hidden throughout the Main
Library. Ultimately over 600 torn and sliced books, on gay, lesbian,
bisexual and transgender topics, women's issues and HIV/AIDS, were
deemed beyond repair and withdrawn from the Library's collection. Rather
than discard the damaged books, the Library distributed them to
interested community members in the hope of creating art. The wide
variety of artistic responses to this hate crime resulted in Reversing
Vandalism, an exhibition of over 200 original works of art, displayed in
the Main Library from January 31 through May 2, 2004.


Coming in January


BookWorks 2006: The 12th Triennial Pacific Center for the Book Arts
Members' Exhibition.


BookWorks 2006 presents a collection of extraordinary books designed,
printed and assembled by members of the Pacific Center for the Book
Arts, a Bay Area organization of book artists and educators. Artists
offer a fresh perspective on books by using a wide range of
techniques-including letterpress, calligraphy, hand illustration,
traditional and unconventional bookbinding and wild imagination.

(http://sfpl.org/news/exhibitions.htm; http://www.pcba.info/)


January 14-March 19, 2006

Main Library, Sixth Floor, Skylight Gallery

100 Larkin Street (at Grove)


On the Road: The Jack Kerouac Manuscript


Jack Kerouac wrote the manuscript for the now classic Beat Generation
novel On the Road within a 20-day period in New York City in 1951
employing "spontaneous prose," a nonstop, unedited style inspired by
letters from his friend Neal Cassady. Kerouac's manuscript is a 120-foot
long scroll consisting of a series of single-spaced typed twelve-foot
long rolls of paper that have been taped together. Thirty-six feet of
the original manuscript will be exhibited along with an overview of
Kerouac's life and other works, a brief history of the Beat movement and
Beats in San Francisco, told through photos, books and ephemera.


January 14-March 19, 2006

Main Library, Lower Level, Jewett Gallery

100 Larkin Street (at Grove)


For information on these and other events at SFPL, please visit
http://sfpl.org/news/exhibitions.htm, or call (415) 557-4277


And remember, all programs at the San Francisco Public Library are free
and open to the public.




Asa Peavy, Program Manager

Marjorie G. & Carl W. Stern Book

Arts & Special Collections Center

San Francisco Public Library

100 Larkin St.

San Francisco, CA 94102

T: 415.557.4560

F: 415.437.4849

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