American Bookbinders Museum 355 Clementina St./5th St., SOMA, (415) 824-9754. M-F 10am-4 pm; tours at 10am & 2 pm.
Located on a narrow street that you would unlikely ever see without intent, this new museum has an interesting collection of fully-functioning 18th- and 19th-century bookbinding equipment. You can smell the ink in the air, and the fascinating tour provides the opportunity to learn how each antique piece was used and to see it actually operate. Another display shows elegant samples of contemporary books, including one bound with a slate stone cover and silver staples.
|“Toad Poems,” by Kenneth Grahame & Don Magius, illustrated by Alice Smith, binder Coleen Curry|
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