Ex Libris: The Art of Contemporary World Bookplates

2022 ASBC&D and FISAE Bookplate Competition: Exhibiting Submissions from Around the World. The American Bookbinders Museum celebrates the beauty of a [once] commonplace object: the bookplate. Intended to identify a book’s owner, the first bookplates originated in Germany in the 15th century. Bookplates define ownership, but also reflect the owner’s

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Making Their Mark

Decorating and Finishing Explore the detailed, exacting world of finishing—a centuries-old process of decorating book covers and spines. From gold-tooling to onlays, using colorful foils and shimmering gold, discover the tools, processes, and materials of book decoration. Experience the beauty of ABM’s hand-tool and embossing plate collection. For Bookbinders, Finishing

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Standard | Deluxe | Design

Bindings of the Book Club of California The Book Club of California has played a major role in the history and preservation of the art of fine printing in California for over a century. Its books are carefully conceived, thoughtfully designed, and attractively printed in limited editions, often by the

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49th Annual Hand Bookbinders of California Exhibition

The American Bookbinders Museum is very pleased to host the Hand Bookbinders of California’s Annual Members Exhibition. Come in and see unique, artistic bindings, letterpress and graphics. The exhibit is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10am to 4pm, admission to the exhibit is free and open to the public! The

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Guild of Book Workers | Triannual Traveling Exhibition 2021—2022

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Online Exhibits

New Exhibit! March 20, 2021 Making Their Mark: Decorating and Finishing An Introduction to Finishing, by hand or machine. Finishing adds the titling and decoration to a book’s cover, back and spine. Learn about the tools, processes and materials used to decorate a book’s binding.         Bound

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Women's Words Exhibit

Celebrating the 19th Amendment

Suffragists in Print! Join us in celebrating the centennial of the 19th amendment. Woman’s suffrage dates back to the American revolution when Abigail Adams told her husband (John Adams, member of the Continental Congress) that: If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to

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Open Set

Design Binding Today: OPEN • SET 2020

OpenSet 2020 is canceled due to the COVID–19 pandemic. We are sadden by this eventuality, but applaud the effort and creativity of all the designer binders who participated in the OpenSet triennial. Bravo! West Coast exhibition of OPEN·SET 2020 In Collaboration with the American Academy of Bookbinding. More than 100

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Exhibit Promotion

Bound for Beauty: Highlights from the Kathleen V. Roberts Collection of Decorated Publishers Bindings

Held Over–closes August 1st. Can you judge a book by its cover? 19th century publishers vied to catch your eye–and your wallet–with glittering gold and vividly colored bindings. Mass-production made beautifully designed books widely available. New technologies stamped elaborate, multi-colored designs on book covers.  Designs reflected the tastes of the

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Book Smart: Learning to Break the Rules

Where do Book Artists come from? Like apprentices of old, book arts students learn core bookbinding structures from skilled instructors. With their guidance and encouragement students transform basic structures into new and unique forms. The American Bookbinders Museum is pleased to present works from three book arts programs: San Francisco

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