McCune Rare Book and Art Collection

category : Museums
The McCune Rare Book Collection highlights the printing arts from 15th-20th centuries. It starts with a leaf from the Gutenberg Bible and includes ten other items printed before 1501. The McCune then traces famous printers in 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Many works are illustrated. There is a working 1852 Albion Printing Press in which printing classes are due to begin. The collection highlights the works of the Kelmscott Press (including the Kelmscott Chaucer [1896]), Doves Press, Baskerville Press (including famous Baskerville Bible of 1763), Ashendene Press, Nonesuch Press, Bruce Rogers, John Henry Nash, Grabhorn Press, and the Book Club of California.

The art collection includes many portfolios by Henry Evans, especially his botanical prints and many other prints by artists with whom he worked.

There is a complete collection of the books of the Book Club of California, and many editions by the Nonesuch Press and Grabhorn Press. In addition, there are many books and early magazines about the printing process. It also has a good collection of early Latin works and California history.

This is a good alternative if one does not what to spend money but would like to be entertained. The collection is downtown, a short walk from the Vallejo ferry terminal, and a few blocks from the Vallejo Maritime and Historical Museum. This is one of the rare gems of the San Francisco Bay area.

Admission: Free
Hours: 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month, and by appointment.
Address: JFK Library, 505 Santa Clara St
Phone: 707 644-0764
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