PHOTOGRAPHS | Dennis Letbetter
This book was inspired by the events surrounding the closing and reconfiguring
of the old San Francisco Public Library in the Civic Center. There is
a photograph of every inscription in the library. These inscriptions are
of more than local value. Their international significance lies in their
direct link with libraries in Paris, Boston, and Detroit, inscriptions in
general, and the noble history of the public library. Dennis Letbetter also
photographed the three other libraries in the United States and France.
by four internationally recognized writers and artists place the inscriptions
in context, historically, technically, aesthetically and architecturally: Historian
Grey Brechin, noted British stone cutter Michael Harvey, the influential type
designer Sumner Stone as well as Leon Battista Alberti.
designed by Jack W. Stauffacher, the book is printed in an edition of 1000
The type is set in Cycles, designed by Sumner Stone and printed
by Charles Graphics Inc. on 100# Mohawk Superfine Smooth Soft White Text
paper. Bound in paper cover by the Cardoza James Binding Company, San Francisco. The book consists
of 80 pages, measuring 9.5 x 11 inches, with 68 duotone photographs.
The Book Club of California
and San Francisco Public Library