San Francisco is inseparable from its rustic, frontier-era past - a time of shanghaied sailors, opium dens, and gold mining - and its printing history finds origin in this same period, with such names as Edward Bosqui, Charles Murdock, and John Henry Nash. Publications like The Californian, a weekly literary newspaper that employed both Bret Harte and Mark Twain, and Gelett Burgess' The Lark sprang forth as well, but it was the twentieth century that saw San Francisco's fine printing rise to a zenith with the arrival of Edwin and Robert Grabhorn. These two brothers from Indiana staked SF as the center of the West Coast book trade, and today their legacies survive as patrons of the book arts.
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