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A Memoir of Book Design, 1969-2000., Joe D'Ambrosio (1934-2009).
21 Joe D'Ambrosio (1934-2009). A Memoir of Book Design, 1969-2000.
San Francisco: The Book Club of California, 2003 Hardcover Used: Like New Hardcover 
LIMITED EDITION of 350 copies. Series: Book Club of California Publication, No. 216. 4to. 11 1/4 x 8 1/4 inches. [viii], (215) pp. Color photographs throughout, index; text clean, unmarked. Black cloth spine and rear cover, patterned paper front cover over boards, silver-titled spine, decorative end-papers, clear plastic dust jacket; binding square and tight. Fine. Joseph D'Ambrosio (1934-2009) worked as a book artist since 1969. He wrote, set type, printed designs, executed the artwork, and bound books by hand. D'Ambrosio's books are a total work of art combining many spectrums of fine art mediums.? This book doubles as a memoir and bibliography of his works up until 2000, with extensive notes from D'Ambrosio on the history, context, design, and making of each of his books. 
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Geographical Memoir upon Upper California in Illustration of his Map of Oregon and California by John Charles Fremont, Newly Reprinted from the Edition of 1848 with Introductions by Allan Nevins and Dale L. Morgan and a Reproduction of the Map., John Charles Fremont (1813-1890).
22 John Charles Fremont (1813-1890). Geographical Memoir upon Upper California in Illustration of his Map of Oregon and California by John Charles Fremont, Newly Reprinted from the Edition of 1848 with Introductions by Allan Nevins and Dale L. Morgan and a Reproduction of the Map.
San Francisco: The Book Club of California, 1964 Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
LIMITED EDITION of 425 copies, designed by Jack Werner Stauffacher, composed by Mackenzie & Harris, Inc. in Van Dijck types, the display face is Hunt Roman by Hermann Zapf. John C. Fremont was an American explorer, soldier, and politician. He was a key figure in America's myth of Manifest Destiny; he led five expeditions to the American West, and his maps and reports influenced many Americans to travel west. The text here is Fremont's memoir and map of his fourth expedition, which he published in the hopes of restoring his reputation after being publicly humiliated and court-martialed. Accomplished American historians Allan Nevins and Dale Morgan each provide an introduction to this edition; several sections of the original 1848 edition are presented in facsimile with permission from the Huntington Library and San Francisco Public Library Special Collections. REFERENCE: Harlan, The Two Hundredth Book, No. 116. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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Frank Morrison Pixley of The Argonaut., John L. Levinsohn (b. 1921).
23 John L. Levinsohn (b. 1921). Frank Morrison Pixley of The Argonaut.
San Francisco: The Book Club of California, 1989 First Edition Used: Like New 
FIRST EDITION, LIMITED to 450 copies. Series: Book Club of California Publication, No. 190. 8vo. 9 x 6 inches. Frontispiece of Frank Morrison Pixley, color illustration on title page, black-and-white headpieces and tailpieces, 4 double-sided black-and-white plates, bibliography, Feathered Serpent Press printer's device in red ink on colophon; text clean, unmarked. Full gray cloth, gilt-titled spine, end-papers printed with pages from The Argonaut, white paper dust jacket; binding square and tight, dust jacket lightly rubbed, chipped at tail of spine. A Fine Copy in a Very Good jacket. The illustrations used as chapter headings are taken directly from illustrations and department headings of The Argonaut during its first eighteen years. The title page cartoon figure of Pixley was taken from a larger political cartoon (entitled 'Ready for the Gray' in The Wasp, July 26, 1884) about the 1884 presidential campaign between Cleveland and Blaine. A biography of Frank Morrison Pixley (1825-1895), as part of the Book Club of California's series on significant West Coast bookmen. Pixley was a Californian journalist and politician. "As the founder and chief editor of The Argonaut, Pixley exercised considerable influence on San Francisco's literary scene. This study explores the life of a figure whose commentaries reflected many of the beliefs of his era." Harlan, pg. 49. REFERENCE: Harlan, The Two Hundredth Book, No. 190. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Around the Horn in '49, The Journal of the Hartford Union Mining and Trading Company, December, 1848 to September, 1849.  With an Introduction by Oscar Lewis, John Linville Hall and George G. Webster.
24 John Linville Hall and George G. Webster. Around the Horn in '49, The Journal of the Hartford Union Mining and Trading Company, December, 1848 to September, 1849. With an Introduction by Oscar Lewis
San Francisco, CA: Book Club of California, 1928 First Edition, thus. Hardcover Collectible: Very Good Hardcover 
Series: Book Club of California Publication, No. 30. LIMITED EDITION of 250 copies printed in Modern Face monotype on machine made paper, this is copy number 101. 8vo. 8 1/2 x 6 5/8 inches. [xiv], 127, [1] pp. Color frontispiece is a reproduction of a lithograph of early San Francisco from Marryat's Mountains and Molehills, ship vignette on title page, Introduction by Oscar Lewis; text clean, unmarked. Quarter brick red cloth, marbled paper over boards, blue paper spine label titled in gilt; binding square and tight, minor shelf wear, front and rear free end-paper toned. Ownership blind-stamp "From the Creech Library." Very Good. When originally issued, this was the first printed narrative of a forty-niner traveling by sea to the gold fields. The printer was John L. Hall; the text has been ascribed to shipmate George G. Webster from his daily journals on shipboard with additions from others on board. In any case, Hall composed the text of this account of day-to-day life on the round-the-Horn voyage from New York to San Francisco. The Hartford Union Company was a joint venture that purchased the Henry Lee and outfitted the ship with supplies and equipment for gold prospecting in California. All but one of the passengers and crew on the vessel in January 1849 were members of the company, including Hall and Webster. REFERENCES: Heller and Magee, Bibliography of the Grabhorn Press, 1915-1940, No. 106; Kurutz, The California Gold Rush, No. 305c.; Magee, The Hundredth Book, No. 30. 
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Thomas Bewick & the Fables of Aesop.  With an Original Leaf from the First Edition (1818) of The Fables of Aesop and a New Impression from one of Bewick's Original Wood Engravings., John W. Borden and Janet S. Krueger.
25 John W. Borden and Janet S. Krueger. Thomas Bewick & the Fables of Aesop. With an Original Leaf from the First Edition (1818) of The Fables of Aesop and a New Impression from one of Bewick's Original Wood Engravings.
San Francisco, CA: Book Club of California, 1983 First Edition Hardcover Collectible: Very Good Very Good Hardcover Thomas Bewick. 
Series: Book Club of California Publication, No. 175. LIMITED EDITION of 518 copies designed by Jack Werner Stauffacher of the Greenwood Press who took the new impressions of the original Bewick block, set in Monotype Bulmer by Mackenzie-Harris and lithographed by the Cloister Press, binding by the Schuberth Bookbindery. 4to. 10 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches. 58, [4] pp. Frontispiece portrait of Bewick, title page and text printed in black and red inks, Foreword by John Borden and Janet Krueger, an original leaf from the first edition of The Fables of Aesop (pages 179-180 with a woodcut from "The Frogs and the Fighting Bulls") tipped-in AND 1 6-page excerpt "The Preface Dedicatory" from the original publication - leaves A2 -A4, pages (iii-viii) bound-in with Bewick's signature in facsimile, a new impression from Bewick's original wood engraving for The Boys and the Frogs, an essay entitled "A Man Inspired" by John W. Borden, another essay entitled "Illustrator of Fables" by Janet S. Krueger, numerous Bewick vignettes throughout the text; text clean, un-marked. Brown paper over boards, printed paper spine label, plain white dust-jacket; binding square and tight, jacket with light soiling and shelf wear. Fine in Very Good jacket. This is the Club's sixteenth leaf book; it is exceptional in that one of the leaves is a new impression from an original wood engraving printed especially for this publication, and, in addition, this copy also has the dedicatory preface leaves bound in. REFERENCES: De Hamel and Silver, Disbound and Dispersed, No. 179; Harlan, The Two Hundredth Book, No. 175. 
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By Horse, Stage & Packet: The Far West Letters of Joseph Pratt Allyn., Joseph Pratt Allyn (1833-1869). John Nicolson (b. 1927) and David K. Strate, editors.
26 Joseph Pratt Allyn (1833-1869). John Nicolson (b. 1927) and David K. Strate, editors. By Horse, Stage & Packet: The Far West Letters of Joseph Pratt Allyn.
San Francisco: The Book Club of California, 1988 First Edition Hardcover Used: Like New Hardcover 
FIRST EDITION, LIMITED to 450 copies. Tall 8vo. 10 1/2 x 6 3/4 inches. (xxiv), (195) pp. Frontispiece, 10 black-and-white photographs, biographical note, seventeen letters of Allyn, bibliography, index; text clean, unmarked. Pictorial paper over boards, white paper dust jacket; binding square and tight. Includes original prospectus. Fine. Designed by Jack Werner Stauffacher at the Greenwood Press, printed and set in Monotype Kis-Janson types by Patrick Reagh Printers. Joseph Pratt Allyn (1833-1869) was an American jurist and journalist, and appointed by President Lincoln as an original Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Arizona Territory. These letters are his descriptions of his journey to Arizona and his subsequent exploration of the West, replete with astute and absorbing descriptions of the landscape, people, and energy of the West. John Nicolson and David Strate were both professors at Northern Arizona University at Flagstaff. REFERENCE: Harlan, The Two Hundredth Book, No. 187. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Gregory's Guide for California Travellers Via the Isthmus of Panama, Joseph W. Gregory
27 Joseph W. Gregory Gregory's Guide for California Travellers Via the Isthmus of Panama
San Francisco Book Club of California 1949 Hardcover Collectible: Very Good Hardcover 
LIMITED EDITION of 300 copies printed by Harold Seeger and Albert Sperisen at the Black Vine Press. Introduction by Edith M. Coulter. 8vo. 9 1/4 x 6 1/4 inches. 16, [2] pp. Frontispiece map of the Isthmus of Panama, title page and text printed in red and black with a ship vignette, reproduction of the original title page, illustration of Gregory's Express at Ophir, facsimile sheets of the Sacramento Union-Extra and an advertisement for Gregory's California Express bound in; text clean, un-marked, some very faint offsetting associated with the facsimile leaves. Orange cloth with a ship design by Paul W. Forster stamped in red, later plain brown paper jacket; binding square and tight, the supplied jacket has some tears and a typed title for the book taped on the front panel. Very Good. Reprinted from the scarce original in the possession of the Bancroft Library. The book was published first in New York by Nafis & Cornish in 1850. This reprint of the Book Club of California sold out upon publication. It was included in the Exhibition of Western Books of the Rounce & Coffin Club. Reference: Magee, The Hundredth Book, No. 72. 
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The Estiennes: A Biographical Essay by Mark Pattison, Illustrated with Original Leaves from Books Printed by the Three Greatest Members of that Distinguished Family., Mark Pattison (1813-1884).
28 Mark Pattison (1813-1884). The Estiennes: A Biographical Essay by Mark Pattison, Illustrated with Original Leaves from Books Printed by the Three Greatest Members of that Distinguished Family.
San Francisco, CA: Book Club of California, 1949 First Edition, thus. Hardcover Collectible: Very Good Missing Hardcover 
Series: Book Club of California Publication, No. 73. LIMITED EDITION of 390 copies, printed at the Grabhorn Press, printed with Centaur Monotype on French mold made paper. Folio. 13 5/16 x 9 inches. [xiv], 42, [2] pp. Printed in red and black, including a large family tree on the title-page, Estienne printer's devices throughout the text, Grabhorn's printer's device on the colophon, 3 original leaves mounted on their own pages and with explanatory pages; text clean, unmarked. White linen spine, maroon paper over boards, front cover stamped in gilt, printed paper spine label; binding square and tight, faint toning to front cover, light shelf wear, front board lightly bowed. Original prospectus and a letter from the President of the Book Club of California, George L. Harding, explaining the method of distributing the 50 special copies among Club members, dated December 21, 1949 on Club stationary, laid in. Very Good. Introduction by Robert Grabhorn, the text by Mark Pattison, an English author, and priest of the Church of England; the text originally appeared in the Quarterly Review in 1865. Included in the Exhibition of Western Books of the Rounce and Coffin Club. REFERENCE: De Hamel and Silver, Disbound and Dispersed, No. 101; Magee and Magee, Bibliography of the Grabhorn Press, 1940-1956, No. 489; Magee, The Hundredth Book, No. 73. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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The Maps of San Francisco Bay from the Spanish Discovery in 1769 to the American Occupation., Neal Harlow (1908-2000).
29 Neal Harlow (1908-2000). The Maps of San Francisco Bay from the Spanish Discovery in 1769 to the American Occupation.
San Francisco, CA: The Book Club of California, 1950 First Edition, thus. Hardcover Collectible: Like New Hardcover 
Series: Book Club of California Publication, No. 77. LIMITED EDITION of 375 copies printed by the Grabhorn Press with Deepdene Text handset and Jansen linotype types on mold made paper. Folio. 12 3/4 x 9 1/4 inches. (xii), 140, [2] pp. Title page printed in red and black with red Grahborn printer's device, headings and initials in red, facsimiles of 21 maps on 19 sheets (8 folding), bibliography; text clean, unmarked. Quarter red morocco, patterned paper over boards, spine titled in gilt; binding square and tight, light scuff at head of spine. Includes the original prospectus and an order form from the Book Club of California, A List of Club Publications Available for Christmas Gifts, noting 3% California sales tax. Fine. "This book, which was three years in preparation, is of outstanding historical importance. It is the first and only work in its field. "Maps of San Francisco Bay" is a good instance of the reason for the existence of book clubs which publish books. No commercial publisher could have afforded to issue this one. The book went out of print on publication and has since become very difficult to procure. Included in the Exhibition of Western Books (Rounce & Coffin Club)." Magee. REFERENCES: Magee, The Hundredth Book, No. 77; Magee and Magee, Bibliography of the Grabhorn Press, 1940-1956, No. 501. 
Price: 500.00 USD
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Architects and Artists: The Work of Ernest and Esther Born., Nicolas Olsberg.
30 Nicolas Olsberg. Architects and Artists: The Work of Ernest and Esther Born.
San Francisco: Book Club of California, 2015 First Edition Hardcover Collectible: Like New Hardcover Signed by Author
Series: Book Club of California Publication, No. 234. LIMITED EDITION of 300 copies, this is copy number 122, SIGNED by the author and Ernest and Ester Born’s daughter, Bea Born Roberts, and grand-daughter, Karen Angell-Mendez, on November 3, 2015 at the Los Angeles release party for the book. Designed by Michiko Toki, Toki Design. 4to. 12 1/4 x 9 5/16 inches. 264 pp. Illustrated throughout in color and black and white including photographs and drawings, chronology; text clean, unmarked. Blind-stamped grey cloth, spine titled in silver, slip case; binding square and tight. SIGNED by the author on the colophon. Fine. At once a serious contribution to the literature on modern architecture and design, and a rich and varied visual feast, this publication makes evident the legendary draftsmanship and graphic inventiveness of Ernest Born and rediscovers the brilliant photographic eye of Esther Born. Drawing from visual collections throughout North America and Europe, the publication is richly illustrated, including many full-page reproductions of works from the Borns' long and varied careers. 
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A Widely Cast Net: Selections From the Work of a Veteran California Writer Chosen with Comments by Their Author: Oscar Lewis, Oscar Lewis
31 Oscar Lewis A Widely Cast Net: Selections From the Work of a Veteran California Writer Chosen with Comments by Their Author: Oscar Lewis
San Francisco The Book Club of California 1996 Hardcover Used: Very Good None Hardcover 
LIMITED EDITION of 400 copies designed and printed by Susan Acker at the Feathered Serpent Press and Anchor & Acorn Press, bound by Cardoza-James. The Book Club of California Publication Number 205. Tall 8vo. 275 x 200 mm. 133, [3] pp. Wayne Bonnett, editor, Black-and-white photographic frontispiece portrait of Lewis tipped-in, Title-page printed with black and blue inks, the blue is used for the chapter numbers, illustrations; text clean, un-marked. Quarter dark blue cloth, printed paper over boards, silver-stamped spine; binding square and tight, one small spot on front cover, oil stain on lower corner of rear cover. Twenty-two pieces by Oscar Lewis, including 3 short stories, commentaries, travel essays and more in seven sections of three pieces each (except Sections 7, which has 4). Your order receives my personal attention. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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The First 75 Years: The Story of the Book Club of California 1912-1987., Oscar Lewis (1893-1992).
32 Oscar Lewis (1893-1992). The First 75 Years: The Story of the Book Club of California 1912-1987.
San Francisco: The Book Club of California, 1987 First Edition Hardcover Used: Like New Hardcover 
8vo. 9 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches. (55) pp. Title page decorated in turquoise ink, color photographs and illustrations throughout, appendices; text clean, unmarked. Turquoise cloth spine titled in gilt, brick red paper over boards, gilt ornamentation over boards, brick red end papers; binding square and tight. Fine. Oscar Lewis was the Secretary of The Book Club of California from 1921 to 1946 and was a large contributor to the club's success. This is his history of the Book Club of California. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Valenti Angelo: Author, Illustrator, Printer., Oscar Lewis (1897-1982).
33 Oscar Lewis (1897-1982). Valenti Angelo: Author, Illustrator, Printer.
San Francisco, CA: Book Club of California, 1976 First Edition. Hardcover Collectible: Very Good Very Good Hardcover Valenti Angelo. 
Series: Book Club of California Publication, No. 154. LIMITED EDITION of 400 copies printed by Andrew Hoyem Printer, this is 1 of the "non-special copies", using Centaur monotype on machine made paper, the designs of the title page and the decorations throughout the book are by Valenti Angelo who has also added colors and gold by hand. Folio. 14 5/8 x 10 1/4 inches. (100) pp. Half-title, illustrated title page highlighted in blue, red, and gold, 43 specimens of Angelo's printing of which 35 are in color, divisional title of "A Bibliographical Checklist" printed in red and black, decorative initials in colors and some gilt; text clean, unmarked. Quarter red cloth, rust paper over boards with decorations in blue designed by Angelo, printed paper spine label, plain paper dust-jacket; binding square and tight, jacket with minor soiling and toning. Inserted inside is a letter to the previous owner from Gayle L. Kelly, Executive Secretary of the Book club dated March 24, 1977 on Club letterhead regarding a smudge in the text of his copy, and offering to send the copy to the printer to remove the smudge, which was present in other copies consulted. Very Good. "Valenti Angelo's fiftieth anniversary as a printer is celebrated in this publication. Based in part upon Angelo's earlier compilation of essays and a checklist of his publications this book adds to the original checklist and brings it up to 1975. Oscar Lewis's introduction is also new to this work. Angelo was an enthusiastic participant in the design of this handsome volume. The specimens utilize the original types, drawing on a large collection of foundry types from the Grabhorn Press which are owned by Andrew Hoyem, and from some of the original plates. This was the second most expensive book published by the Book Club of California up to this time. There was some concern that the book would not sell, but it was fully subscribed on announcement. The hand coloring varies in some copies. Some Club members paid Angelo $25.00 to add further coloring, and even the 'non-special' copies may vary slightly." The contents are: "Valenti Angelo: An Appreciation and an Explanation" by Oscar Lewis; "Valenti Angelo & the Grabhorn Press" by Robert Grabhorn; "A Letter for Sherwood Anderson;" "Valenti Angelo, Artist, Writer, Man" by Annis Duff; "An Autobiographical Story" by Valenti Angelo; and "A Biographical Checklist" edited by Anne England. Harlan. REFERENCE: Harlan, The Two Hundredth Book, No. 154. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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A Widely Cast Net: Selections From the Work of a Veteran California Writer Chosen with Comments by Their Author: Oscar Lewis., Oscar Lewis.
34 Oscar Lewis. A Widely Cast Net: Selections From the Work of a Veteran California Writer Chosen with Comments by Their Author: Oscar Lewis.
San Francisco: Book Club of California, 1996 First Edition Hardcover Collectible: Very Good Very Good Hardcover 
Series: Book Club of California Publication, No. 205. LIMITED EDITION of 400 copies designed and printed by Susan Acker at the Feathered Serpent Press and Anchor & Acorn Press, bound by Cardoza-James. Tall 8vo. 10 3/4 x 7 3/4 inches. 133, [3] pp. Wayne Bonnett, editor, black-and-white photographic frontispiece portrait of Lewis tipped-in, title-page printed with black and blue inks, the blue is used for the chapter numbers, illustrations; text clean, un-marked. Quarter dark blue cloth, printed paper over boards, silver-stamped spine, original plain paper dust-jacket; binding square and tight, jacket with very minor shelf wear and soiling. Bob Cates' copy. Very Good. "Representing more than fifty years of writing, the book is important for anyone interested in California history, literature, and the career of Oscar Lewis, one of California's outstanding historians and writers. Lewis also served for many years as the Secretary of The Book club of California and established many of the programs that made the Club into a solid cultural institution. Included in the book are some of his short stories, excerpts from his books, humorous pieces, and comments on the books and writings of other authors. This is an altogether scintillating read." REFERENCE: A Bibliography of the Books Published by the Book Club of California, 1993-2009, No. 205. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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Catnachery., Percy Horace Muir (1894-1979).
35 Percy Horace Muir (1894-1979). Catnachery.
San Francisco, CA: Book Club of California, 1955 First Edition Hardcover Collectible: Very Good Missing Hardcover James Catnach. 
Series: Book Club of California Publication, No. 89. LIMITED EDITION of 325 copies printed by Jack Werner Stauffacher at the Greenwood Press, text type is Van Dijck, display type is Thorne Shaded, a type used by Catnach for many of his broadsides, printed on machine made paper. 4to. 11 1/4 x 8 inches. [iv], 27, [3] pp. Half-title, more than 40 illustrations throughout in black or brick red ink taken from "A Collection of the Books & Woodcuts of James Catnach" and "The History of the Catnach Press," 5 folding facsimiles Catnach broadsides on colored paper, note on source material; text clean, unmarked. Quarter brown cloth, illustrated paper over boards, printed paper spine label; binding square and tight, faintest shelf wear and toning to boards, no dust-jacket. Original prospectus laid in. Very Good. "A highly entertaining and instructive essay by Percy Muir, the well-known English bibliophile, on 'Jemmy' Catnach and his penny broadsides. The quaint woodcuts make this one of the most charming of the Club's publications. Included in the Exhibition of Western Books (Rounce & Coffin Club)." REFERENCE: Magee, The Hundredth Book, No. 89. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Porter Garnett: Philosophical Writings on the Ideal Book., Porter Garnett (1871-1951) and Jack Werner Stauffacher, compiler.
36 Porter Garnett (1871-1951) and Jack Werner Stauffacher, compiler. Porter Garnett: Philosophical Writings on the Ideal Book.
San Francisco, CA: Book Club of California, 1994 First Edition Hardcover Collectible: Like New Like New Hardcover 
Series: Book Club of California Publication, No. 203. LIMITED EDITION of 450 copies designed by Jack Werner Stauffacher at the Greenwood Press, typesetting by Francesca Stauffacer in Cycles types designed by Sumner Stone, and printed on Mohawk Superfine paper. 8vo. 9 1/4 x 6 1/4 inches. (v), 251, (3) pp. Frontispiece portrait, 42 illustrations, contains selected writings by Porter Garnett, Paul Valery and Henri Vacillon with tributes from friends, students and admirers; text clean, un-marked. Dark green silk cloth, printed paper spine label, clear mylar dust-jacket; binding square and tight. Fine. Porter Garnett was a native of San Francisco. As a young man, Garnett established himself as a calligrapher and woodcarver and produced plays for the Bohemian Club. He was associated with Gelett Burgess, Bruce Porter and those affiliated with Burgess' The Lark. In 1922 Garnett founded the Laboratory Press at Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh and was its director until it closed and he retired in 1935. His associates included Jack London, Dorthea Lange and Maynard Dixon, among many others. REFERENCE: A Bibliography of the Books Published by the Book Club of California, 1993-2009, No. 203; Stauffacher, A Typographic Journey, p. 292. 
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Artful Deeds: In the Life of the Felon, Grovenor Layton...A Tale of the California Gold Rush, Richard H. Dillon (Introduction)
37 Richard H. Dillon (Introduction) Artful Deeds: In the Life of the Felon, Grovenor Layton...A Tale of the California Gold Rush
San Francisco Book Club of California 1998 First Edition Hardcover Used: Very Good None Hardcover 
The Book Club of California Publication Number 208. LIMITED EDITION of 350 copies designed, composed and printed letterpress by Peter Koch, with the assistance of Richard Seibert. Typefaces are Minion for the text and Scala & Quadraat italic for display. Photolithography by Phelps/Schaefer, bound by Cardoza-James bookbinding Company, slipcase constructed by Arnold Martinez. Tall 8vo. 274 x 155 mm. [iv], 71, [1] pp. Title-page and chapter initials printed in brick-red ink, title-page vignette, 4 woodcut illustrations and a map from the original edition of 1853 in the text; text clean, un-marked. Quarter dark red cloth, map printed on orange paper covers the boards, printed paper spine label; binding square and tight. Comes with a slip case; slip case in good shape except it is oil-stained. Very Good. This book was originally published anonymously in the early 1850s; it is the story of a gold rush robber who meets a grisly end on the gallows. Although it does not recount an actual event, it is highly illustrative of life in the mines and placers. Your order receives my personal attention. 
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Artful Deeds in the Life of the Felon, Grovenor Layton: A Tale of the California Gold Rush., Richard H. Dillon, Introduction.
38 Richard H. Dillon, Introduction. Artful Deeds in the Life of the Felon, Grovenor Layton: A Tale of the California Gold Rush.
San Francisco: Book Club of California, 1998 First Edition, thus. Hardcover Collectible: Like New Hardcover 
Series: Book Club of California Publication, No. 208. LIMITED EDITION of 350 copies designed, composed and printed letterpress by Peter Koch, with the assistance of Richard Seibert, bound by Cardoza-James Bookbinding Company. Tall 8vo. 10 3/4 x 7 1/4 inches. [iv], 71, [1] pp. Title-page and chapter initials printed in brick-red ink, title-page vignette, 4 woodcut illustrations and a map from the original edition of 1853 in the text; text clean, un-marked. Quarter dark-red imported Japanese cloth, map printed on orange paper covers the boards, printed paper spine label; binding square and tight. Comes in the original slip case with the prospectus and a photographically illustrated post card. Bob Cates' copy. Fine. This is the first time the text of this "excessively rare" (David Magee) volume has been printed since it appeared in 1853. This book is one of many books written in the 1850s that purported to be true accounts of the Gold Rush, but were, in fact, fictitious. "Among the most authentic-seeming was the tale of Grovenor Layton, originally published in 1852. Layton was probably the pseudonym of the publisher A. R. Orton, but no trace of a Layton or Orton can be found in either Western history books or American literary biographies. The convincing, but false, story of Layton's career of robbery, murder, and arson ends with his lynching in Sonora, California." REFERENCE: A Bibliography of the Books Published by the Book Club of California, 1993-2009, No. 208. 
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Romualdo Pacheco: A Californio in Two Eras., Ronald Genini and Richard Hitchman.
39 Ronald Genini and Richard Hitchman. Romualdo Pacheco: A Californio in Two Eras.
San Francisco: The Book Club of California, 1985 Limited Edition Hardcover Used: Like New Hardcover 
LIMITED EDITION of 500 copies. Series: Book Club of California Publication, No. 179. 8vo. 9 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches. (xiv), (211) pp. Frontispiece portrait, 8 photographic reproductions throughout, appendices, bibliography; text clean, unmarked. Brown cloth, medallion stamped in black on front cover, printed paper spine label, plain paper dust jacket; binding square and tight, dust jacket toned. Includes the original prospectus and post card with invitation to publication party. A Fine copy in Very Good jacket. "Romualdo Pacheco has been called the most successful Spanish-speaking native son of California. He was the state of California's first and last Hispanic governor, the first Hispanic elected to the United States Congress, and the first to be named a diplomat. This biographical study incorporates new information from unpublished collections and newspapers." Harlan. REFERENCE: Harlan, The Two Hundredth Book, No. 179. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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Lawton Kennedy, Printer., Ruth Tesier (1915-1994).
40 Ruth Tesier (1915-1994). Lawton Kennedy, Printer.
San Francisco: The Book Club of California, 1988 Hardcover Used: Like New Hardcover 
Series: Book Club of California Publication, No. 188. Tall 8vo. 10 1/2 x 7 inches. (109) pp. Frontispiece, title page on a pale yellow field, 15 illustrations (including frontispiece); text clean, unmarked. Quarter navy blue cloth, gilt-stamped gray paper, gray paper spine label titled in blue, decorative end-papers, gray paper dust jacket as issued; binding square and tight. Fine. Lawton Kennedy was a Californian printer with a 67 year-long career in fine printing. A native Californian, he was associated with nearly all the major names in Californian printing, and helped to make San Francisco a center of great typography. This book is at once a biography and a celebration of his work, with samples of his work reproduced throughout, and an introduction by James D. Hart. REFERENCE: Harlan, The Two Hundredth Book, No. 188. 
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