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1 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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2 Oscar Lewis (1914-1970). A. M. B. Some Aspects of His Life and Times Begun in Playful Mood for his Entertainment on his 75th Birthday and now Completed for his Sorrowing Friends as a token of Remembrance and Affection.
San Francisco, CA: The Grabhorn Press, 1941 First Edition Hardcover Collectible: Like New Like New Hardcover 
LIMITED EDITION of 250 copies privately printed by the Grabhorn Press for Samuel I. Wormser, printed in handset Goudy Modern on mold made paper. 4to. 11 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches. [viii], (14) pp. Frontispiece portrait of Bender is a reproduction of an etching by Max Pollak, title page and decorations printed in blue and black ink, 2 black-and-white photographic portraits of Bender tipped in, colored cartoon of Albert Bender by Dan Sweeny laid-in inside the rear cover; text clean, unmarked. Quarter beige linen, decorations in blue from foot to head of cloth where the cloth meets the blue paper covers, blue paper over boards, illustration on front cover, printed paper spine label, original plain paper dust-jacket; binding square and tight, some very light fading to the dust-jacket and to the end-papers. Laid-in are an extra copy of "Albert Bender and other benders" by Dan Sweeny, 2 autographed notes, SIGNED, from S. I. Wormser to Mark Altman dated 1942 on Wormser's letterheads, the calling cards of Mr. William James Dawson and Mark Altman, and a 4-page GPO publication about the establishment of the Library of Congress Trust Fund. Fine. The text of this volume explores the life and accomplishments of Albert Maurice Bender (1866-1941) by a friend of long-standing. While Lewis remarks that "Not one of the facts here assembled is of the slightest importance to anyone," they do reveal a striking word image of Bender the man, and reveal a very different time from that of the twenty-first century. The frontispiece is a reproduction of an etching of Bender by Max Pollak (1886-1970) a Czech-born American painter and printmaker, one of whose specialties was portraiture; Pollack lived in San Francisco beginning in 1938. Also included is a humorous portrait of "Albert Bender and other benders" signed in the plate by Dan Sweeney (1888-1958), California book and hotel label illustrator, that includes African-American train porters and attendants, which also conveys an era that no longer exists. This copy in outstanding condition. REFERENCE: Magee and Magee, Bibliography of the Grabhorn Press, 1940-1956, No. 349. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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3 Oscar Lewis (1914-1970). A. M. B. Some Aspects of His Life and Times Begun in Playful Mood for his Entertainment on his 75th Birthday and now Completed for his Sorrowing Friends as a token of Remembrance and Affection.
San Francisco: The Grabhorn Press, 1941 First Edition Hardcover Collectible: Like New Like New Hardcover 
LIMITED EDITION of 250 copies privately printed by the Grabhorn Press for Samuel I. Wormser printed in handset Goudy Modern on mold made paper. 4to. 11 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches. [viii], (14) pp. Frontispiece portrait of Bender is a reproduction of an etching by Max Pollak, title page and decorations printed in blue and black ink, 2 black-and-white photographic portraits of Bender tipped in, colored cartoon of Albert Bender by Dan Sweeny laid-in inside the rear cover; text clean, unmarked. Quarter beige linen, decorations in blue from foot to head of cloth where the cloth meets the blue paper covers, blue paper over boards, illustration on front cover, printed paper spine label, original plain paper dust-jacket; binding square and tight, some very light fading to the dust-jacket and to the end-papers. Presentation slip of Samuel I. Wormser laid in. Also laid-in is a form letter from the Library of Congress, acknowledging receipt of this book into the Library's collections with the printed signature of Archibald MacLeish, Librarian of Congress. Fine. The text of this volume explores the life and accomplishments of Albert Maurice Bender (1866-1941) by a friend of long-standing. While Lewis remarks that "Not one of the facts here assembled is of the slightest importance to anyone," they do reveal a striking word image of Bender the man, and reveal a very different time from that of the twenty-first century. The frontispiece is a reproduction of an etching of Bender by Max Pollak (1886-1970) a Czech-born American painter and printmaker, one of whose specialties was portraiture; Pollak lived in San Francisco beginning in 1938. Also included is a humorous portrait of "Albert Bender and other benders" signed in the plate by Dan Sweeney (1888-1958), California book and hotel label illustrator, that includes African-American train porters and attendants, which also conveys an era that no longer exists. Do not expect to find a copy of this title in better condition. REFERENCE: Magee and Magee, Bibliography of the Grabhorn Press, 1940-1956, No. 349. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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4 Oscar Lewis (1893-1992). Silver Kings: The Lives and Times of Mackay, Fair, Flood, and O'Brien, Lords of the Nevada Comstock Lode.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1947 First Edition Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
8vo. 8 1/2 x 5 3/4 inches. [ii], xii, 286, (x) pp. 29 illustrations, bibliography, index; text clean, unmarked. Blind-stamped red cloth, silver-titled spine, top edge stained blue, dust jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight, offsetting to paste-downs, rear panel of dust jacket lightly rubbed and soiled. SIGNED by author in front free end paper. Very Good. The Silver Kings is about the big four of the Nevada Comstock Lode. Oscar Lewis was a pioneering historian of the American West, and a prolific author and editor. He was regarded as an expert on California history. Lewis was also the Secretary of The Book Club of California from 1921 to 1946 and was a large contributor to the Clubâ??s success. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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5 Oscar Lewis (1914-1970). Sutter's Fort: Gateway to the Gold Fields
Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1966 Third Printing. Hardcover Collectible: Very Good Very Good Hardcover 
American Forts Series. Third Printing. 8vo. 9 1/4 x x 6 1/4 inches. (xvi), (224) pp. Half-title, double-page title page, 28 plates bibliography; text clean, unmarked. Gilt-stamped cloth, illustrated end-papers, price-clipped dust-jacket in archival mylar, spine of jacket lightly faded. Very Good. Tells the story of Sutter's Fort from 1839 through the Donner Party, and shows the key role the facility played in the history of California over several decades. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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6 Oscar Lewis (1893-1992). Sutter's Fort: Gateway to the Gold Fields.
Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1966 First Edition Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
Series: The American Forts Series, No. 3. 8vo. 9 1/8 x 6 1/8 inches. (xv), (224) pp. Double-page title page, second half-title tipped in, 16 pages of black-and-white photographic plates, bibliography, index; text clean, unmarked. Cloth, ornamented and titled in gilt, decorative end pages, dust jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight, water-stain on front cover, dust jacket faded and price-clipped with light shelf wear. SIGNED by author on original half title page, INSCRIBED by author on additional half-title tipped-in. Previous owner's name on inside front flap of dust jacket. Very Good. This is a comprehensive history of Sutter's Fort was part of a series of books planned by Stewart H. Holbrook about America's forts. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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7 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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8 Oscar Lewis (1893-1992). The War in the Far West 1861-1865: An Informal History of the Part Played by the Western States in the Civil War.
Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1961 First Edition Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
8vo. 8 1/2 x 5 3/4 inches. 263 pp. Text clean, unmarked. Beige cloth, spine titled in blue, dust jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight, dust jacket lightly rubbed, dust jacket clipped and with one small tear on the back panel. SIGNED by author on half-title. Very Good. This is an account of the western states' contribution in the Civil War. Oscar Lewis was a pioneering historian of the American West, a prolific writer, and was regarded as an expert on California history. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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9 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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