From the ABM Library: A Sky Empty of Orion

What with Iris Law’s survey of chapbooks in her recent guest post for this blog, it seemed only right to feature a chapbook in the American Bookbinders Museum Library as well. A Sky Empty of Orion is the 1985 creation of noted American poet Laura Jensen, and serves as an

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Four Beautiful Chapbooks by Asian American Poets to Read during National Poetry Month

  The chapbook, an abbreviated print format that originated with cheap, mass-produced pamphlets hawked by itinerant salesmen in the sixteenth century, is a staple of the modern-day poetry world. Like their historical predecessors, contemporary chapbooks are slim, portable objects, often affordably printed and produced, and devoted to shorter texts. But

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Samuel Mearne and Restoration Copyright

  Samuel Mearne: Bookbinder and Copyright Enforcer A cursory search for Samuel Mearne (1624-1683) reveals an English Restoration bookbinder and publisher associated with the cottage (or cottage-roof) style of binding, which is characterized by ornate and colorful covers, often with a floral theme.

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Third Thursday at the Bookbinders Museum

A reminder that this month’s Third Thursday will feature the poems from last weekend’s Lantern Review reading program, used as a vehicle to explore the ABM, and our notions of what a book is. Visitors can write their own haikus, or create a chapbook of poems (or both). We may

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Lantern Review and SF in SF This Weekend

The American Bookbinders Museum is delighted to host two sponsored events this weekend! The first, on Saturday, April 16, at 7pm, will be a celebration in honor of National Poetry Month organized by The Lantern Review, the online journal of Asian-American poetry.

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Don’t Cross a Bookbinder – A Bookbinder’s Curse

In honor of National Poetry Month, a bookbinder’s curse in 10 stanzas. One wonders what “Particular Occasion” caused Mr. “Burnisher” to vent such spleen. Solemn Curse Pronounced by Ben Burnisher upon a Master Bookbinder upon a Particular Occasion May rats and mice devour your paste, Your paper, and your leather.

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ABM on SOMA-FM

The Bookbinders Museum is pleased to note that SOMA-FM, San Francisco’s digital radio station, will be producing podcasts of the monthly SF in SF readings hosted by the museum. Can’t make a reading? Check out the SF inSF podcast! 

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S. T. Prideaux on Design

One of the notable individuals featured in our current exhibit, “The Woman Bookbinder,” is Sarah Treverbian Prideaux (1853-1933). Born in London, S.T. Prideaux ended up as one of the most distinguished female bookbinders and binding designers of her time, even though she began at age 35. She was lucky enough to

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Stacking the Deck: A Playing Card Press

For centuries people have employed “presses” of various types to protect and preserve precious possessions. Victorian women pressed flowers given them by admirers. Linen presses and clothes presses, generally now synonymous with cupboards, originally were devices to flatten fine fabrics via a platen and large screw, not unlike printing presses.

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We are saddened by the news…

A longtime San Francisco bookstore loses its lease: Castro Books Inc. We are glad Books Inc. remains alive and thriving in other locations but they will be sorely missed by their Castro community.

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