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With photographs by Dennis Letbetter and text by Jack W. Stauffacher, Gray Brechin, Andrea Grimes, Sumner Stone, and Michael Harvey. 2003.

When the San Francisco Main Library was closed to be transformed into the Asian Art Museum, Jack W. Stauffacher and his photographer friend Dennis Letbetter wished passionately to document the historic building as it was, recording the inscriptions chosen by San Francisco Mayor Edward Robeson Taylor–an early president of The Book Club of California. A rushed tour of a gloomy and closed building resulted in this study, which links it to a long tradition of libraries embellished with inscriptions and sheds a clear light on the cultural and historical context in which the library appeared in 1917.

Co-published with the San Francisco Public Library in an edition of 1,000 copies; not in the Club’s numbered series. 11 x  9 ½  inches. 79 pp. Twenty three photographs. Designed by Jack W. Stauffacher of The Greenwood Press, San Francisco.


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