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Hazel Dreis and her protegé Edward McLean came to private press publishing through their work as hand bookbinders.
Dreis, the daughter of a Midwest newspaper publisher, developed a successful business in San Francisco, working with the famed Grabhorn Press, and other Bay area printers, before moving her studio to Santa Fe in 1939.
McLean started out as a dancer, traveling throughout the country with the Denishawn Dancers, and apprenticing with Dreis only after a back injury brought an end to his performing career. In Santa Fe during the 1940s, the two produced one-of-a-kind art bindings, as well as edition work, and separately introduced their own private press publishing ventures.