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Just released: William Kentridge The Lulu Plays

Linocut print by William Kentridge, The Lulu Plays
Print by William Kentridge, The Lulu Plays

The Leopard
From the Arion Press edition of The Leopard

Julian Lethbridge print

Print by Julian Lethbridge for What the End is For

Lithograph by Kara Walker for Porgy & Bess


New Publications:

Grabhorn Press 1920-1965 and Beyond, an illustrated catalogue, with commentaries by Andrew Hoyem; The Leopard, the novel by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, with a foreword and appendix by Gioacchino Lanza Tomasi, and with 32 photographs in color, taken on the set of the 1963 motion picture directed by Lucchino Visconti; What the End is For, poetry of Jorie Graham, introduced by Helen Vendler, with 16 prints by Julian Lethbridge. Animal Farm by George Orwell, with a preface by Peter Stansky and 24 prints by Jonathan Hammer; Porgy & Bess, the libretto by DuBose Heyward and Ira Gershwin, with 16 lithographs by Kara Walker, and a suite of four separate lithographs.


Just released:

The Lulu Plays, with 67 drawings by William Kentridge bound into the book. The text is the original telling of the Lulu story by playwright Frank Wedekind, which inspired the Alban Berg opera Lulu.



The Bibliography of the first 100 publications of Arion Press, with color illustrations and an accompanying portfolio of leaves from 100 actual books; Gustave Flaubert, Bouvard and Pécuchet; and Hart Crane, The Bridge. Read more and reserve.


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

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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.

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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.


Photo by Lucy Gray for The Day of the Locust

Photograph by Lucy Gray for The Day of the Locust by Nathanael West.

'Aphrodite' watercolor by Wendy Artin

Watercolor by Wendy Artin for Stone from Delphi by Seamus Heaney.

'Cuff' Illustration by Stan Washburn

Illustration by Stan Washburn for The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins.

Photograph by Michael Kenna for Thomas Jefferson's Paris Walks

Photograph by Michael Kenna for Thomas Jefferson's Paris Walks

Julie Mehretu print

Detail from Julie Mehretu print for Poetry of Sappho

Tom Holland art for A Delicate Balance

Tom Holland Illustration for A Delicate Balance

Miles Hyman illustration

Miles Hyman illustration for The Sundial

Raymond Pettibon image from South of Heaven

Raymond Pettibon image for South of Heaven

Don Quixote
William Wiley image for
Don Quixote

Our Man in Havana illustration by William Hamilton
William Hamilton illustration for Our Man in Havana

I Love My Love
Page from I Love My Love with image by Kiki Smith

Laurie Simmons photograph Laurie Simmons photograph for Mrs. Bridge


Recent Publications

The Day of the Locust, by Nathanael West, with an essay by David Thomson and photographs by Lucy Gray. West's novel is now considered a pivotal work in literary history. 

Stone 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 Moonstone, by Wilkie Collins, considered the first detective novel. Stan Washburn has made thirty-four scratchboard drawings as illustrations for this book.


Thomas Jefferson's Paris Walks, with 46 new photographs by Michael Kenna (view prints for sale). Written as a guidebook, the essay by Diana Ketcham leads the reader along Jefferson’s actual routes.

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.

A 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.

A classic of American comic fiction, The Sundial, by Shirley Jackson (1916-1965), exemplifies her blend of humor, fantasy, and social satire. The Arion Press edition, released in June 2011, has special relevance in being illustrated by the novelist’s grandson, Miles Hyman. Here Jackson’s subject is the end of the world, as it is imagined and meticulously prepared for by a privileged New England family. As Diane Johnson writes in her introduction to the Arion edition, “Its timeless quality has ensured that the pleasures of this small delicious novel have endured.”

Arion Press turns 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.

With the publication of Book II of Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes, following Book I in November 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.

Graham Greene’s comic masterpiece, Our Man in Havana, illustrated by William Hamilton and with an introduction by Christopher Buckley. With 28 images of the characters and 1950s Havana setting by the New Yorker cartoonist William Hamilton, it is one of the Press’s most generously illustrated books.

Kiki Smith I Love My Love, a fourteen-stanza ballad by Scottish-born San Francisco poet Helen Adam, with sixteen prints by Kiki Smith, who also illustrated the poetry of Emily Dickinson in 2007.

Mrs. Bridge by Evan S. Connell, with 68 photographs in color and black-and-white by Laurie Simmons.

The Nachman Stories by Leonard Michaels. This edition brings together for the first time in a single volume Michaels's short stories featuring the Los Angeles mathematician Raphael Nachman as their hero. The book includes nine photographic portraits of the author.

The Structure of Rime. The series of prose poems by Robert Duncan augmented by etchings by Frank Lobdell.

Tono-Bungay. H. G. Wells' greatest satirical novel, with 14 psychological portraits of the characters by Stan Washburn and 20 fanciful advertisements for quack medicines.

Sampler. Poetry by Emily Dickinson with over 200 prints by the artist Kiki Smith.

The Boobus and the Bunnyduck. A deluxe facsimile of a unique artist book created in 1957 by the artist known as Jess.

The Waste Land. The first illustrated edition of T. S. Eliot's landmark 20th century poem, with artwork by R. B. Kitaj, and an essay by Helen Vendler. SOLD OUT.

Journey Round My Room. The late 18th century French classic by Xavier de Maistre, with art by New York architect Ross Anderson.

Godot. A staging in pictures of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot by William T. Wiley.

A Day in the Bleachers. The baseball classic by Arnold Hano with illustrations by Mark Ulriksen.

The Memoirs of Benjamin Franklin. Commonly known as The Autobiography.

A Coney Island of the Mind. Poetry by Lawrence Ferlinghetti with prints by R. B. Kitaj.

Gloria. Poetry by Bill Berkson with 25 etchings by Alex Katz.

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


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Jorie Graham

Poetry of Jorie Graham
Published in December 2014 with prints by Julian Lethbridge.

Arion Press Video Tour

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

Seamus Heaney reading from his poetry in the gallery

Seamus Heaney (1939-2013)
Arion Press tribute and available Heaney editions, read more.

Critics Praise Day of the Locust
Novelist Diane Johnson, poet Robert Hass, and critics Geoff Dyer and Greil Marcus rave about our latest publication—a Hollywood classic. Read more.

Julie Mehretu: Colored Prints
Exhibit of artist Julie Mehretu's newly hand-colored prints, which replace the black and white images offered in 2011. Read more.

Julie Mehretu's Arion Edition
Calvin Tomkins’s profile of Julie Mehretu in the New Yorker can be read online. Mehretu’s recent project with Arion Press is an edition of Sappho in a new translation. Julie Mehretu portrait from The New Yorker

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.

Arion Artists Kiki Smith and Laurie Simmons in the News
Read what ARTnews has to say about Kiki Smith’s approach to working with Andrew Hoyem, as well as Simmons’s doll house furniture images from Mrs. Bridge. Read more.

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.