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Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley, in celebration of the 200th anniversary of its publication, with art by Tim Hawkinson. Early 2019.

Recently released:

The Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde, with 19 illustrations by Sandow Birk and an introduction by Merlin Holland, Wilde’s grandson. November 2018.

The Philip Roth novel Exit Ghost, illustrated with color works by R. B. Kitaj, who was a close friend of the author and the artist for such Arion Press editions as T. S. Eliot’s The Wasteland,  Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s A Coney Island of the Mind,  and Allen Ginsberg’s  Kaddish.

Eugene Onegin, the Vladimir Nabokov translation, with a new introductory essay by Nabokov scholar Brian Boyd. In a tour de force of typography and letterpress printing, Nabokov’s English is presented along side the original in Cyrillic, accompanied by a transliteration.

Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, with illustrations by Augusta Talbot, November 2017.

The Bridge, by Hart Crane, with illustrations by sculptor Joel Shapiro, October 2017.

Scenes from the Cutting Room Floor, screenplays by William Bentley and twenty artworks by John Baldessari, April 2017.

The Little of our Earthly Trust, poetry by Elizabeth Bishiop, selected and with an introduction by Helen Vendler, and twenty-four prints by John Newman.

Enrique ChagoyaPedro Páramo, by Juan Rulfo, with 10 color illustrations and optional print by Enrique Chagoya (shown in photo at right), September 2016.

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Previous titles:

Gustave Flaubert’s last work, the comic novel Bouvard & Pécuchet, a masterpiece of satire and humor, May 2016.

Bibliography of The Arion Press: The First One Hundred Books, with color illustrations and an accompanying optional set of leaves from 100 actual books.

The Lulu Plays by Frank Wedekind with prints by William Kentridge, September 2015. Read more and view images.

Lulu Recumbent, William Kentridge

Grabhorn Press 1920-1965 and Beyond, an illustrated catalogue for an exhibition at the Grolier Club, May 13 through August 1, 2015, with introduction and commentaries by Andrew Hoyem and bibliographical entries by associate curator Dr. Simran Thadani.

Giuseppe di Lampedusa

The Leopard, the revered Sicilian novel by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, with a foreword and appendix by Gioacchino Lanza Tomasi (the novelist’s adopted son and literary executor), and with 32 photographs in color by Giovan Battista Poletto, taken on the set of the 1963 motion picture directed by Luchino Visconti. 2015.

Julian Lethbridge printWhat the End is For, poetry by Jorie Graham, with prints by Julian Lethbridge, and with an introduction by Helen Vendler. The poetry is printed by letterpress, with sixteen color prints by painter Julian Lethbridge, creating a large and impressive volume. Jorie Graham is in the front rank of American poets and the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, and a MacArthur Fellowship. The book is also available with a suite of four larger prints by Lethbridge. 2014.

Print by Jonathan HammerAnimal Farm, by George Orwell with a preface by Peter Stansky and 24 prints by Jonathan Hammer ($600); plus a portfolio of 24 Jonathan Hammer hand-colored relief prints, edition of 30 ($5,400 with book). In this influential book, the farm animals rebel against their subjugation and drive out the farmer and his wife. The pigs take charge, and one of them, named Napoleon, becomes dictator. 2013.

Fisherman by Kara WalkerPorgy & Bess, the libretto by Du Bose Heyward and Ira Gershwin, with 16 lithographs by Kara Walker, plus a portfolio of 4 separate lithographs. Visit our catalogue page for more on this just released book. 2013.

Harry meets HomerThe Day of the Locust by Nathanael West with an introduction by David Thomson and 20 photographs by Lucy Gray. West's novel is now considered a pivotal work in literary history. It took years for the book to be recognized as a modern American classic and for critics to agree that The Day of the Locust is the best novel ever written about Hollywood. As David Thomson notes in his introduction, “This is the classic American dream slipping over into nightmare; it is the locusts eclipsing the sunlight”. 2013.

'Aphrodite' watercolor by Wendy ArtinStone from Delphi, poems with classical references by Seamus Heaney, selected and with an introduction by Helen Vendler, with sixteen watercolor drawings by Wendy Artin. The classical past is fundamental to the work of this great contemporary poet, the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995, who, like James Joyce before him, illuminates his times and his own psyche through the lens of antiquity. Artin’s watercolor drawings, done especially for this book, were made from Greek and Roman statues whose subjects appear in Heaney’s writings in this volume. 2012.

Illustration by Stan WashburnThe Moonstone, by Wilkie Collins, is considered the first detective novel (first published in 1868), in a deluxe edition with illustrations by Stan Washburn. A masterpiece of detective fiction by the inventor of the genre, it is, in the words of Dorothy Sayers, “probably the very finest detective story ever written”. Stan Washburn has made thirty-four scratchboard drawings as illustrations for this book. 2012.

Julie Mehretu print In Poetry of Sappho, Painter Julie Mehretu has created prints for her first artist book, one of Arion’s most beautiful and ambitious publications. Twenty prints by Mehretu alternate with pages of poetry in Greek and in English. Four additional prints are presented in portfolio. The new English translations were commissioned for this edition from poet John Daley and classicist Page duBois.

Tom Holland art for A Delicate BalanceA Delicate Balance is the newest work in the Arion Press drama series, honoring one of America’s great contemporary playwrights, Edward Albee. The edition features four illustrations by Tom Holland, an acclaimed artist and friend of the playwright. 2011.

Shirley Jackson’s 1958 comic novel, The Sundial, with 15 color illustrations by Miles Hyman. One of the prominent young writers of the 1950s, who died when she was only 48, Jackson is famous for her controversial New Yorker story, “The Lottery.” 2011.

Miles Hyman illustrationThe Sundial, written ten years later, is the work New Yorker critic Joseph Mitchell called her best. Here Jackson’s subject is the end of the world, as it is imagined and meticulously prepared for by a privileged American family. As Diane Johnson writes in her introduction to the Arion edition, “Its timeless quality has of course ensured that the pleasures of this small delicious novel have endured. Like Animal Farm, it has something permanently important to say about human society. It is an added felicity that the ambiance in the Halloran mansion is brilliantly captured by Miles Hyman, who, as it happens, is the author’s grandson.” Read more. 2010.

Raymond Pettibon image for South of HeavenArion Press turned to pulp fiction with the novel South of Heaven by Jim Thompson, known as “The King of the Pulps”, but also an original writer of the first rank. Artist Raymond Pettibon illustrates this edition with forty-four drawings, printed on red sheets interleaved in the text. Pettibon is one of the hottest contemporary American artists, whose lurid images have intrigued art collectors and curators ever since he emerged from the eighties punk scene. Nearly all of Pettibon’s artworks contain texts or captions. Some are quotations but most are his own highly creative writings. For South of Heaven he has used excerpts cunningly chosen and elided from the book, combined with his own improvisations on themes in the novel. 2010.

Wiley print for Don QuixoteWith the publication in 2010 of Book II of Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes, following Book I in 2009, the two-volume set is now complete and stands as one of the major accomplishments of the Press, alongside Moby-Dick and Ulysses. This is the acclaimed new translation by Edith Grossman, with 97 illustrations by William T. Wiley.

The edition is limited to 400 numbered copies for sale, signed by the artist. Price: $2,000 per volume, for a total of $4,000 for the two-volume set.

Our Man in Havana illustration by William HamiltonGraham Greene’s great comic espio- nage novel, Our Man in Havana, presents the story of Wormold, the hapless vacuum cleaner salesman recruited by British Intelligence. The Arion Press edition is copiously illustrated with twenty-eight drawings by William Hamilton to complement the zany inventions, touching characters, and air of whimsy that has endeared the novel to generations of readers. Christopher Buckley provides a new introduction to this edition, citing the “high-comic mayhem” as well as “the virtuosity of the language, the hauntingly perfect phrasing.” 2010.

I Love My Love is a ballad by Scottish-born San Francisco poet Helen Adam, based on a traditional Celtic interpretation of the Medusa theme. The book will feature sixteen prints by artist Kiki Smith, derived from her own hair. This is an optional publication, outside of the regular subscription series. 2009.

Sample page from I Love My Love

Mrs. Bridge coverMrs. Bridge by Evan S. Connell is a quiet masterpiece of mid-twentieth-century fiction, and this edition celebrates its fiftieth anniversary. A novel of the American heart-land, it takes up familiar themes, set in a comfortable middle-class Midwestern family in the decades before World War II. At the same time, it is experimental in form, a work that unobtrusively advances the art of the novel. The book includes 68 photographs, half duo-tone and half color, by Laurie Simmons, a leading American artist who uses photography to explore the role of women in the domestic sphere. 2009.

Nachman StoriesThe Nachman Stories by Leonard Michaels brings together for the first time in a single volume the stories featuring the Los Angeles mathematician Raphael Nachman as their hero. The edition is introduced with critical essays by Robert Pinsky and Diana Ketcham and a biographical essay by Robert Hass and Morton Paley, Michaels's colleagues at the University of California at Berkeley. The book contains nine photographic portraits of the author, taken over the course of his career as a writer, between 1962 and 1995. Read more. 2009.

Frank Lobdell etchingThe Structure of Rime brings together for the first time all of the prose-poems in this acclaimed series by San Francisco poet Robert Duncan. The book is augmented with three etchings by California artist Frank Lobdell, who knew the author, as well as two photographic portraits of Duncan. The edition includes two black-and-white Lobdell etchings on the front and back cover of the book and a signed and numbered Lobdell etching accompanying the book that is suitable for framing. Read more. 2008.

Tono-Bungay coverTono-Bungay, H. G. Wells' great 1908 novel, is a satire uncannily predictive of today's financial disorders. In his introduction to the Penguin Classics edition of 2005, Edward Mendelson writes that this book "is Wells's masterpiece. It is a profoundly unsettling novel, epic in scope and encyclopedic in content." Despite its serious nature, Tono-Bungay is highly entertaining. The title is the brand-name of a patent-medicine concocted by Edward Ponderevo, the uncle of the narrator George Ponderevo. The story is clearly based on the history and phenomenal commercial success of Coca-Cola. Like Coke, Tono-Bungay is not entirely good for you. 2008.

Kiki SmithSampler, a selection of poetry by Emily Dickinson that is accompanied by more than 200 images by eminent American artist Kiki Smith (photo at right, shown at the Arion Press). The Arion edition of 200 poems by the great 19th century American poet Emily Dickinson has prints by Smith on every page. A separate print features a portrait of the poet. The title refers to a sampling from Emily Dickinson’s more than 1,700 poems, as well as to Kiki Smith’s inspiration in embroidered samplers. 2007. Read more.

The Boobus and the Bunnyduck by JessThe Boobus and the Bunnyduck, a deluxe facsimile of a unique artist book by the artist known as Jess. In 1957, the poet Michael McClure's story for his young daughter was read by the artist Jess Collins, a family friend. Jess hand-lettered the story and illustrated it with 28 richly patterned crayon drawings. This full-scale facsimile has been published for the first time after fifty years as an accordion fold book, with a box, in an edition of 100. Jess's lavish crayon illustrations would have been impossible to reproduce accurately prior to the recent development of high-resolution inkjet printers and computer color correction. 2007.

Journey Round My Room Cover Journey Round My Room, the late 18th century French classic by Xavier de Maistre, is accompanied with art by New York architect Ross Anderson. Written while the author was confined to his room for 42 days as punishment for dueling, the book presents the author's imaginary journey exploring the limits of his surroundings. Ross Anderson’s sixteen photographs depict small models of the room, its furnishings, and the author’s travelling coat. A small number of copies are accompanied by a unique architectural box. 2007.

Godot Cover and SlipcaseGodot is a staging in pictures of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot by William T. Wiley, with notes by the artist, an introduction by David Littlejohn, and a synopsis of the play. In honor of the hundredth birthday of the playwright, artist William T. Wiley has imagined the world of Beckett’s characters in 52 prints in black, blue, and yellow. This artist book is accompanied by a copy of the play in the bilingual edition published by Grove Press. 2006.

Mays battingA Day in the Bleachers by Arnold Hano, is an account of the first game of the 1954 World Series between the New York Giants and the Cleveland Indians. Hano recalls the excitement of witnessing the famed catch by Willie Mays, regarded as one of the finest players ever to have played the game. With illustrations by New Yorker artist Mark Ulriksen. 2006.

Memoirs of Benjamin FranklinThe Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin.This Arion edition has been published in celebration of the three-hundredth anniversary of Franklin's birth. It is the first use of an historic American typeface, Binny & Ronaldson's Roman No. 1 (c. 1800), as recreated in digital form by Arion Press and named Aitken for Robert Aitken, the famous printer during the Revolution, and his daughter Jane Aitken, printer of the first American translation of the Bible (1808). 2006.

Prints and Portfolios
Many recent books are available with separate editions of prints and portfolios.

Folio Bible
Folio BibleThe Arion Press folio Bible has been printed and bound. Orders are being accepted for the edition, limited to 400 copies for sale, at prices ranging from $7,250 to $11,000, depending on the choice of binding style and whether the red initial letters at the beginning of each book of the Bible are illuminated.

This is the largest printing and publishing project ever undertaken by Arion Press. The Bible was designed by publisher Andrew Hoyem and set in type, printed, illuminated, and bound entirely in-house by a team of experienced craftspeople at the Press's historic facility in San Francisco.

The translation is the New Revised Standard Version, which is sponsored by the National Council of Churches, and presents current biblical scholarship in language that honors the King James Version yet is clearly understandable by contemporary readers. The folio format is intended for liturgical use in church services as well as for the collections of individuals and libraries. In the tradition of grand printed Bibles, it is a monument to the scriptures and to fine typography and bookmaking. Read more.

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More than Words
“Andrew Hoyem believes that when books are concerned, style can enhance substance – that riveting tales and profound truths benefit from refined presentations. At Arion Press, his San Francisco publishing house, he employs the centuries old letterpress method of printing because it imparts a three-dimensional quality to the ink, and the cotton paper that he prefers feels more like a fine shirt than the product of wood pulp. The appeal of a freshly printed Arion Press book extends to its aroma, which mingles the scents of ink, goatskin, and rag paper.”
– Jack Kelly, Robb Report, July 2006

Catching Up
A Day in the Bleachers is Arnold Hano's account of the first game of the 1954 World Series between the New York Giants and the Cleveland Indians. Deep in the Polo Grounds' cavernous center field that day, the Giants' Willie Mays made a miraculous catch followed by an even more impressive throw to second. An instant legend, it's been known since as 'The Catch.' Now, in time for the 2006 World Series the book has been lovingly republished by Arion Press in a hand-hewn, signed limited edition of 400.”
– Heidi Benson, "Catching Up: Some Diamonds Really Are Forever", San Francisco Chronicle, Sept. 17, 2006