Press & Recognition



The Wall Street Journal
Long Before Helvetica, Paul Shaw, February 3, 2017


The San Francisco Chronicle
Christmas card origins: 150 years ago, designs surprise, Charles Desmarais, December 20, 2016

The Daily Heller
The Rise of Centaur, Steven Heller, September 14, 2016

Books and Vines
Fine Press News 2016: The Noblest Roman: A History of the Centaur Types of Bruce Rogers, September 4, 2016

The Noblest Roman: A History of the Centaur Types of Bruce Rogers, Ralf Herrmann, August 2016

The San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco exhibit highlights treasured works of art inspired by National Parks, Bob Bragman, August 5, 2016

23 Under-The-Radar Things to Do in San Francisco, Amy Sherman, August 9, 2016

Architectural Record
Born to Design, Kenneth Caldwell, August 4, 2016

Secretly Awesome: The Book Club Of California, A Boon To Bibliophiles, Geri Koeppel, May 12, 2016

Print Magazine
Daily Heller: Bringhurst Surveys Zapf’s Palatino TribeSteven Heller, May 10, 2016

Written on the Dock of the Bay, Holly McDede, March 14, 2016

San Jose Mercury News
San Francisco’s Best-Kept Secret: The Book Club of California
, Angela Hill, March 10, 2016


The San Francisco Chronicle
In Defense of Ernest and Esther Born’s ‘Big Dream’ for S.F., Nicholas Olsberg, December 29, 2015

Print Magazine
Weekend Heller: It’s Never Too Late, Steven Heller, December 25, 2015

Collector’s Weekly
The War on Christmas Cards: Dead Robins, Used Paperclips, and Other Secular Greetings, Hunter Oatman-Stanford, December 23, 2015

The San Francisco Chronicle
Cover Your Ears to Mute the Sound of Christmas Celebration, Leah Garchik, December 20, 2015

San Jose Mercury News
Greetings Gone By: Vintage Christmas Cards at the Book Club of California, Angela Hill, December 17, 2015

Atlas Obscura
The Book Club of California, Eric Grundhauser, August 2015

Paul Duclos’ Cultural Currents
The Value of Random Photos vs. Those Carefully Composed, Paul Duclos, August 2015

The San Francisco Chronicle
Strolling downtown S.F. along classic, classy Sutter Street, Carl Nolte, July 2015

A Haven for the Printed Word, Regina Marler, January 2015


The Millions
Young Novelists, Old Institutions: GRANTA at the Book Club of California, Lydia Kiesling, April 2013


LA Observed
William Reagh’s Long Walk Downtown and Beyond, Kevin Roderick, November 5, 2012
The Deerstalker: Where Sherlock Holmes’ Popular Image Came From, Sarah C. Rich, July 26, 2012

Far from Elementary, a Collection of Sherlock Holmes Artifacts, Sarah Hotchkiss, June 21, 2012

SF Weekly
See Ephemera from Original Sherlock Holmes Works in “You Know My Methods”, Casey Burchby, June 4, 2012

Felt & Wire
The Book Club of California Celebrates its Centennial with Style, Alyson Kuhn, December 2012

The Case of the Sherlockian Miranker,
 Alyson Kuhn, June 2012

Matthew Carter Talks Type with Patrick Coyne at the Book Club of California,
 Alyson Kuhn, February 2011


The San Francisco Chronicle
Book Club of California Gala Speaks Volumes, Sam Whiting, September 2010

ABE Books
Celebrating 100 Years of the Book Club of CaliforniaRichard Davies, September 2011


2011 Bookbuilders West Award for Jo Mora, California Cowboy and Artist by Peter Hiller.

2011 Wood Type Evolved, Experimental Letterpress in the 21st Century, September 8-December 10, 2011, Center for Book and Paper Arts, Columbia College, Chicago, Centennial Broadside designed by Havilah Press exhibited.

2010 Zamorano Select: Significant Books of California chosen by The Zamorano Club, Los Angeles:

  • Robert H. Becker. Disenos of California Ranchos: Maps of Thirty-Seven Land      Grants (1822-1846). San Francisco: The Book Club of California, 1964.
  • _____. Designs on the Land: Disenos of California Ranchos and Their Makers. San Francisco: The Book Club of California, 1969.
  • Gary Kurutz. The California Gold Rush: A Descriptive Bibliography of Books and Pamphlets Covering the Years 1848-1853. San Francisco: The Book Club of California, 1997.
  • On the Ambitious Projects of Russia in Regard to North West America, with Particular Reference to New Albion and New California … by an Englishman. The Book Club of California [produced at the Allen Press by Lewis and Dorothy Allen at Kentfield, California], 1955
  • The Santa Fe Trail to California, 1849-1852: The Journal and Drawings of H.M.T. Powell. San Francisco: The Book Club of California.

2009 Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab American Book Prices Current Exhibition Catalogue Award for the Gorey Checklist.

2008 Printing Industries of Southern California (PIASC) award for California Travel Posters keepsake.

2001 Commonwealth Club, California Book Award Silver Medal, Notable Contribution to Publishing, for Splendide Californie, Claudine Chalmers.

1996 APHA institutional award for contributions to the understanding of printing history.

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