The California Tradition in Type Design

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Annual Keepsake Series

Robert Bringhurst and Peter Rutledge Koch, Editors, 2015

The Book Club of California’s 2015 Annual Keepsake updates the Club’s enduring interest in type design by celebrating the contributions of six important designers who have lived and worked in California and made lasting contributions to digital typography. Composed of twelve folded sheets (plus a thirteenth for the forward by Robert Bringhurst), the keepsake features stunning type specimens, statements by the type founders, and brief biographies for each designer: including Robert Slimbach, Carol Twombly, Sumner Stone, Zuzana Ličko, and David Siegel. The sheets and cover were designed and set in type by Robert Bringhurst, and the keepsake was printed by Peter Koch Printers using a Heidelberg cylinder press.

8 x 10″. Thirteen folded pages.

Price: $30.00

PPIE Centennial Commemorative Broadside: Signed Edition

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Featuring a block designed, engraved, and printed by master wood engraver Richard Wagener, and text, titles, and ornaments designed by Fred and Barbara Voltmer with Li Jiang.

On October 19, 2015, at the Club’s annual printing party, members and guests commemorated the centennial of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition by printing their own broadsides on the Club’s Columbian hand press. The broadside features an image of Festival Hall, and text about its design and use. This very limited edition of the broadside is signed by Richard Wagener.

11” x 17”. Designed and printed by Richard Wagener, Li Jiang, and Fred and Barbara Voltmer, and finished on the Club’s Columbian hand press. Paper: Magnani Revere. Edition of 28 copies. Available for a tax-deductible donation of $150.

Price: $150.00

“The Page Turner” Coasters

Set of 6.

Complete with the recipe for The Book Club’s signature cocktail, these handsome coasters were printed letterpress for The Book Club of California’s 99th Birthday Gala (December 12, 2011) by Jennifer Garden of Bluestocking Press.

The Page Turner:

1 oz Whiskey
1/2 oz Pear Brandy
1/4 oz Lime Juice
1/4 oz Maraschino Liqueur
2 Dashes Bitters
3 oz Organic Pear Nectar
Garnish with a brandied cherry

Price: $15.00

BCC Lapel Pin

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Price: $10.00

BCC Centennial Printer’s Apron

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Perfect attire for your next barbeQUOIN and don’t forget to throw another composition stick on the fire!

Price: $29.00

M.F.K. Fisher Keepsake

M.F.K. Fisher, 2008.

Keepsake includes exhibition checklist for A Delicious Obsession: Collecting the Works of M.F.K. Fisher, A Centennary Show of books, periodicals & ephemera from the collection of Randall Tarpey-Schwed (at The Book Club of California, September 8-October 27, 2008); a broadside with text from A Thing Shared, M.F.K. Fisher (1918); plus an insert, Autobiography & Biography: Channeling M.F.K. Fisher by Joan Reardon, culinary historian and author.

Now the hills are cut through with super-highways, and I can’t say whether we sat that night in Mint Canyon or Bouquet, and the three of us are in some ways even more than twenty-five years older than we were then. And still the warm round peach pie and the cool yellow cream we ate together that August night live in our heart’s palates, succulent, secret, delicious.

–M.F.K. Fisher. Excerpt from broadside text, A Thing Shared (1918)

10” x 8”. Design & typography by Kathleen Burch. Linoleum block illustrations by Patricia Curtan. Letterpress printing by Patrick Reagh. Letterpress printing: insert & wrapper by John Sullivan.

Price: $20.00