Fine Print : The Review for the Arts of the Book / Sandra Kirshenbaum

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Identifier: REF.SE.1576
Dimensions: v. : ill. ; 30 cm
Creation dates: 1975
Published by: Sandra Kirshenbaum
Was created in: San Francisco
Library of Congress Subject Headings: Bookbinding [sh85015705], Letterpress printing [sh95001685], Artists' books [sh85008302], Typography [http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n81091248], Calligraphy [sh85018955], Book industries and trade--History [sh2009117359], Kirshenbaum, Sandra [http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/no2003073354]
Started in 1975 in San Francisco as a quarterly publication for the art of the book by Sandra Kirshenbaum. Fine Print covers a variety of subjects including bookbinding, letterpress printing, small presses, artists' books, calligraphy, and hand made paper. Many issues highlight printmaking techniques from around the world. Most editions contain loose inserts of classifieds, news, events, classes, and sometimes prints. These inserts are usually titled "Fine Print II" with different date ranges of coverage but are meant to cover the time elapsed in between issues. Each issue opens to an advertisement from Mohawk Paper Mills describing the paper that each issue is printed on. The papers and oral history transcripts relating to Fine Print are held by The Bancroft Library of the University of California at Berkeley.

"The celebrated San Francisco-based journal Fine Print: The Review for the Arts of the Book (1975-1990) dealt broadly not only in its titular subject matter, the contemporary book arts, but also in the history of books and printing, typography, bookbinding, and related areas. Its many contributors included Martin Antonetti, John Dreyfus, Paul Hayden Duensing, Colin Franklin, Steven Heller, Janet Ing, Paul Needham, Stan Nelson, and Benjamin Vorst. The journal suddenly ceased publication (with volume 16 no. 3) in 1990 because of the unexpected ill health of its founding editor, Sandra Kirshenbaum." - Rare Book School

"Sandy's editorial policy, from which she never deviated, was stated in the first issue of Fine Print: 'to present a lively and informed report of the current scene in all its diversity.' She interpreted this ambitious policy to encompass all of the arts of the book. Further, she attempted to integrate all of the arts of the book, first with an expanded coverage of calligraphy, bookbinding, papermaking, wood engraving and type design, the latter subject increasingly devoted to digitization and computer-generated types, along with continued full coverage of fine printing, and second with broad international coverage. The latter goal was most brilliantly achieved in the special issues surveying particular countries about which little was known at the time in the English-speaking world." -Robert D. Harlan.

CBA Holdings Include:
Vol. 1 No. 3; July 1975
Vol. 2 No. 1; January 1976
Vol. 2 No. 3; July 1976
Vol. 4 No. 1; January 1978
Vol. 4 No. 2; April 1978
Vol. 4 No. 4; October 1978
Vol. 5 No. 1; January 1979 [Contains Part II Calendar of Events]
Vol. 5 No. 2; April 1979 [Contains Part II Calendar of Events]
Vol. 5 No. 3; July 1979 [Contains Part II Calendar of Events]
Vol. 5 No. 4; October 1979 [Contains Part II Calendar of Events]
Vol. 6 No. 1; January 1980
Vol. 6 No. 2; April 1980 [Contains Part II Calendar of Events]
Vol. 7 No. 4; October 1980
Vol. 7 No. 2; April 1981 [Contains Fine Print II April through July]
Vol. 7 No. 4; October 1981 [Contains Fine Print II]
Vol. 8 No. 1; January 1982 [Contains Fine Print II January through March 1982]
Vol. 8 No. 3; July 1982
Vol. 10 No. 1; January 1984 [Contains Fine Print II January 1984 through April 1984]
Vol. 10 No. 3; July 1984 [Contains Fine Print II July through October 1984 and Vol. 10 No. 3 Part III a Continuous Tone Print from hand-drawn separations by Mary Ann Hayden]
Vol. 10 No. 4; October 1984 [Three copies; one copy of Fine Print II October 1984 through January 1985]
Vol. 11 No. 1; January 1985 [Two copies: Tenth Anniversary Issue, contains two copies of Fine Print II January through April 1985]
Vol. 11 No. 2; April 1985 (Two copies)
Vol. 11 No. 3; July 1985 [Two copies each with a copy of Fine Print II July through October 1985] Vol. 11 No. 4; October 1985 [Two copies, one with a copy of Fine Print II October 1985 through January 1986]
Vol. 12 No. 1; January 1986 [Contains two copies of Fine Print II January through April 1986]
Vol. 12 No. 2; April 1986 [Two copies one with Fine Print II April through July 1986]
Vol. 12 No. 3; July 1986 [Two copies one with Fine Print II July through October 1986]
Vol. 12 No. 4; October 1986 [Two copies one with Fine Print II October 1986 through January 1987]
Vol. 13 No. 1; January 1987 [Two copies one with Fine Print II January through April 1987]
Vol. 13 No. 2; April 1987 [Two copies one with Fine Print II April through July 1987]
Vol. 13 No. 3; July 1987 [Two copies]
Vol. 13 No. 4; October 1987 [Three copies, two of which have insert Fine Print II October 1987 through January 1988]
Vol. 14 No. 1; January 1988 [Two copies, one copy of Fine Print II January through April 1988]
Vol. 14 No. 2; April 1988
Vol. 14 No. 3; July 1988 [Includes Fine Print II July through October 1988]
Vol. 14 No. 4; October 1988 [Includes Fine Print II October 1988 through January 1989]
Vol. 15 No. 1; January 1989 [Two copies]
Vol. 15 No. 3; July 1989 [Includes Fine Print II July through October 1989]
Vol. 16 No. 2; Summer 1990 [Includes Fine Print II Summer 1990]
Vol. 16 No. 3; Autumn 1990 [ Includes Fine Print II Autumn 1990 as well as letter of apology for delay of publication]