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San Francisco Center for the Book

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Production Cost

$78 was spent on the box stock, all other materials were either donated or scavenged from San Francisco Center for the Book

Production Time

8 days: 2 nights printing, and 5 days binding

Dimensions (Width × Height × Depth)

4 in × 4 in × 3/8 in

Page Count


Paper Stock

Cover: French Paper pop-tone
Interior: Mohawk superfine
Box" Murillo

Number of Colors

2 spot



Saddle-stitched with real rabbit fur thread and housed in a paper box


Century Schoolbook metal type and Trade Gothic


The San Francisco Center for the Book’s latest Small Plates edition
Rabbitpox is set to be released today, August 28th. Written and illustrated by Allison Weiner the book, focused on the theme of anatomy, tellls the tale of rabbits as heroes and the pawns in this tale of biological warfare, which is based on a true story. But perhaps I should backtrack and give you a bit more information on the book series:

For the Small Plates series, Imprint, the Center’s publishing program, invites selected artists and writers to create books of a specific size and theme for quarterly release each year. For 2009, books are 4” square and devoted to the theme of anatomy. Allison is the second artist this year to publish in this Small Plates series. This year’s series will also include books by Daniel Gonzales and Emory Douglas.

A lot of love and hard work went into producing this book 100 times. Not only in the writing and illustration work, but well into the production with the use of a Vendercook Proof Press and the inclusion of hand made boxes. Wish I could join the party tonight and see how guests react to this tiny beauty.

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San Francisco Center for the Book, Pam DeLuco, Katherine Case, Rhiannon Alpers, Allison Weiner, and many volunteers

This post was published in the original layout of FPO so all images are smaller. Project descriptions as well as production lessons are quoted in the main content area.

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Bryony Gomez-Palacio

Editor of FPO and co-founder of UnderConsideration LLC.

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August 28, 2009


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