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Mallette Dean, A Printmaker and His Art

A major figure in the history of the fine press book in California, H. Mallette Dean (1907-1975) was a prolific artist whose career as a printmaker, painter, muralist, illustrator, and letterpress printer spanned several decades. He designed, illustrated, and printed several titles for the Book Club of California and contributed initials and ornaments to dozens of books published by eminent California presses. Speaker John Hawk will discuss Dean’s work and influence on the Book Club and its publications.


In the tradition of other distinguished titles published by the Book Club of California, Mallette Dean, A Printmaker and His Art is a foundational bibliography and an important chapter in the history of printing in the West. This publication is the Book Club of California’s 237th publication. It was published in two editions: a Deluxe Edition of 25 copies and a Standard Edition of 325 copies. Both are on display in the current exhibit.

Note: Proof of vaccination and photo ID are required for admission, and a mask will be required.

John Hawk is the head librarian, Special Collections & University Archives at the University of San Francisco, and past president of the Book Club of California.

Presented in partnership with the Book Club of California


American Bookbinders Museum

The American Bookbinders Museum is the only museum of its kind in North America, celebrating and exploring the history, tools and stories of bookbinders and bookbinding, from its earliest forms through the changes and innovations of the industrial revolution.

In addition to the craft and artistry of binding, we focus on the stories of the men, women, and children who worked in binderies.

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