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About Arion Press

Arion Press aims to match the finest contemporary art with the finest literature past and present in books that are beautifully designed and produced.

The Press employs the exacting standards and skilled craftsmanship of the fine printing tradition in the service of an ambitious publication program. Two to three limited edition books are published per year. Each is conceptually unique, bringing together a significant text with a contemporary artist, or in other cases, a purely typographic interpretation. Those illustrated by prominent artists are often accompanied by separate editions of original prints. Arion Press publications are on view in our entrance hallway and in our gallery. See our exhibitions section for our current display.

The texts of the 114 Arion Press publications are characterized by their diversity and intellectual depth, with titles that range from ancient literature to modern classics. Its authors extend from Ovid to Shakespeare, Laurence Sterne, Herman Melville, Emily Dickinson, Gustave Flaubert, Gertrude Stein, Sigmund Freud, Italo Calvino, Allen Ginsberg, Seamus Heaney, and David Mamet. View available editions.

The Press has also developed entirely new material for publication. It has resurrected “lost” texts and commissioned new works by poets, critics, and scholars. Since 1982 the Press has also issued books and portfolios with original prints by major artists, including William Kentridge, Kara Walker, Raymond Pettibon, Bruce Conner, William T. Wiley, Martin Puryear, Jim Dine, Jasper Johns, Richard Bosman, John Baldessari, Robert Motherwell, Richard Diebenkorn, R. B. Kitaj, Ida Applebroog, Wayne Thiebaud, Julie Mehretu and Sol LeWitt. View available editions.

Editions are strictly limited and are designed and produced, mainly by hand, in a handsome industrial building (1928) at the Presidio national park in San Francisco. (Read more about the move to the Presidio.) Type is composed and cast on the premises by M & H Type, established in 1915, the oldest and largest typefoundry still operating in this country. A complete book bindery and the historic letterpress equipment of the Grabhorn Press are in use, alongside the technology of the twenty-first century.

Beside its publishing program, Arion Press offers custom services for the design and production of fine typography and printing, from small quantities for personal use to large quantities for organizational needs. Consultation on projects and publications is available as well as high-quality products.


Blake Riley, printer and publications director

Sarah Songer, operations manager

Beth McLaughlin, office manager and bookkeeper

Sarah Lariviere, program director

Brian Ferrett, typecaster

Chris Godek, typecaster

Megan Gibes, bookbinder

Jeff Raymond, printer/designer

Samantha Companatico, apprentice

The Arion Press

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

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Andrew Hoyem in composing room Jerry Reddan at the Vandercook Kenny Howard instructing new apprentice Brian Ferrett Jerry Reddan with tour group in the pressroom Tour in pressroom Miller two-color cylinder press Pressmen checking print quality Lewis Mitchell in the foundry Tour group in the foundry Monotype composing machines in the foundry Kenny Howard at the Monotype keyboard Sarah Songer skiving (paring) leather in the bindery School group touring the bindery Book sewing demonstration in the bindery The bindery Andrew Hoyem with school group School group in the gallery Andrew Hoyem shows artists? books to visitors Andrew Hoyem with artist William Wiley and his wife, Mary Webster Display cases in entry hall Columbian handpress in entry hall with circular form of type Nobel Prize winning poet Seamus Heaney Lawrence Ferlinghetti speaking at a Grabhorn Institute event Architect and publisher William Stout speaking in the gallery Gallery event Exhibition in gallery Exhibition in gallery Exhibition in gallery Arion Press staff and guests at Tono-Bungay publication event Andrew Hoyem in front of type cabinets