Largely handmade from start to finish, Arion's extraordinary books include Andrew Jackson Grayson's Birds of the Pacific Slope, as well as a Seamus Heaney book illustrated by Sol LeWitt. Our guide opens one of Arion's best-known works, a copy of Moby Dick illustrated with wood engravings by artist Barry Moser. "This is quite a collaboration," she says.
It's a surprise to find the press ― an educational institute, bookmaker, publisher, printer, and typefoundry all rolled into one ― in the Presidio, a former military post better known for its bayside views. But with its richly layered history and spectacular location, this army post-turned-national park is full of discoveries, especially right now.