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Arion Press

Limited Edition Books with Original Art

Current publication: The Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde,
with 19 illustrations by Sandow Birk
and an introduction by Merlin Holland, Wilde’s grandson.

Arion Press and M & H Type gift certificates are available. Please contact the Press for more information and to order.


2019 Grabhorn Institute Benefit:

Please join us on Thursday, May 23rd for the 2019 Grabhorn Institute Spring Fête, benefiting the only paid apprenticeships in typecasting, bookbinding, and letterpress printing in the country. Enjoy signature cocktails and seasonal plates as you circulate among demonstrations of traditional bookmaking by our dedicated craftspeople, and join in a lively discussion with our special guest artists, Sandow Birk and Elyse Pignolet, with gallerist Catharine Clark.

Silent Auction • Limited-Edition Poetry Broadsides • 30% Discount on Arion Press Books • Raffle • and more!

Tickets start at $250, and can be reserved by calling (415) 668-2548, emailing, or through Eventbrite.

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Beer Sponsor


Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley, in celebration of the 200th anniversary of its publication; an artist’s book in collaboration with Tim Hawkinson. Please contact the Press for more information and to reserve a copy.

Recently Released:


The Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde, with 19 illustrations by Sandow Birk and an introduction by Merlin Holland, Wilde’s grandson.

Exit Ghost by Philip Roth, with color artwork by R. B. Kitaj.

Eugene Onegin, the Vladimir Nabokov translation, with a new introductory essay by Nabokov scholar Brian Boyd.

Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, with illustrations by Augusta Talbot.


The Bridge, by Hart Crane, with illustrations by sculptor Joel Shapiro.


Scenes from the Cutting Room Floor, screenplays by William Bentley and twenty artworks by John Baldessari.


All Publications:
Visit our catalogue pages and read below to learn about all available Arion books.

Arion Press facility at 	1802 Hays Street  

Arion Press
Founded by Andrew Hoyem in 1974, the Arion Press publishes deluxe, limited-edition books, many of them printed by letterpress, illustrated by prominent artists, and some accompanied by separate editions of original prints. Arion Press is a cultural tenant at the Presidio, the new National Park in San Francisco, where it shares a handsome industrial building with its second division, M & H Type—the oldest and largest type foundry in the United States, serving the needs of designers and letterpress printers around the world—as well as its nonprofit adjunct, the Grabhorn Institute. Tours, gallery, and contact information.

Andrew Hoeym  

Nonprofit Grabhorn Institute
The nonprofit Grabhorn Institute was created in 2000 to preserve the historic printing and bookmaking facilities of Arion Press and M & H Type, and to perpetuate the fine press tradition with the crafts of typecasting, letterpress printing, and bookbinding. It conducts educational and cultural programs, including apprenticeships and college level classes, tours of the historic production facility, and exhibitions, lectures, and readings. Read more about the nonprofit Grabhorn Institute and how you can make a tax-deductible contribution.


1802 Hays Street, The Presidio
San Francisco, California 94129
Telephone: 415-668-2542
Fax: 415-668-2550

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    Breaking News:
    Article on the making of The Bridge and other major Arion books with artists, by Elizabeth Pochoda in Antiques November issue. View article (PDF).

    Make a Tax-Deductible Gift
    Help preserve our historic letterpress printing facility and living museum of printing history. To donate online here.

    Subscriber Discounts and Privileges
    Join our group of subscribers and receive a thirty per cent discount on all new Arion Press publications as well as on backlist books. Read more.

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    Arion Press Video Tour
    See the PBS-TV feature on the Arion Bible.

    Michael Kenna Photographs Benefit the Grabhorn Institute
    A few signed and numbered photographs from Michael Kenna's Japan series remain available for purchase to benefit Grabhorn Institute educational programs, including the apprenticeship program and lecture and exhibition series. They are priced between $2,250 and $3,750 framed.

    Panoramic Tour of Pressroom, Foundry, Bindery & Gallery
    Take a virtual tour online with panoramic photos that allow you to navigate 360 degree views.

    Commission Work: No Job Too Small, No Job Too Large
    Arion Press also offers custom design and printing services, from business cards to invitations to books, creating distinctive, high-quality products. Read more.

    Donate an Arion Press Edition to Your Library
    Give a landmark Arion Press edition, such as Don Quixote, the Folio Bible, Milton's Paradise Lost, or Birds of the Pacific Slope, to your school, university, church, or library. Ask your accountant about a possible tax-deduction. Contact us.

    Stephen Shore “Equipment” Series Photographs
    Five new prints by photographer Stephen Shore are available for sale, in editions of three, at $2,500 each. Sales support the Grabhorn Institute. Read more.

    Prints and Portfolios

    Prints, Photographs & Unique Art
    Many Arion Press titles are available with separate prints and portfolios, as well as unique art. Read more.

    Special offer of prints and original drawing by William T. Wiley to support the Grabhorn Institute. More about the prints.

    Potato print by William T. Wiley

    New York Times Coverage
    Critic Michael Kimmelman writes that Arion Press titles are “some of the most beautiful limited edition, hand-printed books in the world”.

    Tour of Arion Press bindery

    Tours for the public, students, and other groups are held regularly.

    M & H Type Special Offer
    Save 25% on “starter set” fonts of popular typefaces from America's oldest & largest type foundry for letterpress printers.

    Special Offering of Rare Arion Press Titles
    A very limited number of out-of-print and hard-to-find titles such as Tristram Shandy are currently being offered for sale. Read more.