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California History, Books on Books, Bibliography

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1 George L. Harding (1893-1976). A Brief History of the California Spanish Press ... Printed for Friends of the Grabhorn Press.
The Grabhorn Press. 1933-01-01 Paperback Collectible: Very Good Paperback 
LIMITED EDITION of approximately 100 copies printed in handset Janson type and Franklin Old Style linotype on machine made paper. Complimentary distribution by the Grabhorn Press. Folio Bifold. 17 7/16x 12 1/2 inches. Unpaginated. [4] pp. Test printed within a typographic border, page [2] printed in red and black with a woodcut ship vignette, last page a blank; text clean, unmarked. Single bifold, some light shelf wear and soiling. Very Good. Harding's important list of 74 early California imprints, 1833-1845. Harding wrote and published an important biography of Don Agustin V. Zamorano, California's first printer. Originally printed in the Quaterly of the Californian Historical Society, June, 1933. Heller and Magee, Bibliography of the Grabhorn Press, 1915-1940, No. 191. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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The Compleat Jane Grabhorn: A Hodge-Podge of Typographic Ephemera, Three Complete Books, Broadsides, Invitations, Greetings, Place Cards, &c., &c., Jane Bissell Grabhorn (1911-1973).
2 Jane Bissell Grabhorn (1911-1973). The Compleat Jane Grabhorn: A Hodge-Podge of Typographic Ephemera, Three Complete Books, Broadsides, Invitations, Greetings, Place Cards, &c., &c.
San Francisco, CA: Grabhorn-Hoyem: 1968 First Edition Hardcover Collectible: Like New Hardcover Jane Grabhorn. 
LIMITED EDITION of 400 copies printed by Robert Grabhorn and Andrew Hoyem. 4to. 10 1/2 x 9 inches. [x], (77), [1 blank] pp. Title-page printed in black and 4 colors including a colt vignette drawn by Otis Oldfield, text printed in red and black inks with various facsimiles, 3 tipped in folded broadsides, 1 tipped-in 4-page folder; text clean, unmarked. Quarter natural linen, printed paper over boards, spine titled in brown ink; binding square and tight. Prospectus in Very Good condition laid in. Fine. After her marriage to Robert Grabhorn, Jane worked at the Grabhorn Press for a number of years doing various kinds of work around the Press. In the 1930s, she began to venture on her own, from the point of view of an author and a printer. She acquired her own press and began to dabble in various aspects of printing. In the 1960s, Robert gathered together an impressive collection of these efforts and reprinted them in this work, which used the same type for the texts as Jane had used. Inserts are facsimiles of the originals. This book brings together these ephemeral pieces for the first time, as well as acknowledges the books that were produced by the Jumbo Press and the Colt Press. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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W. W. Robinson: A Biography and a Bibliography.  Foreword by Lawrence Clark Powell, Jimmie Hicks (1902-1987).
3 Jimmie Hicks (1902-1987). W. W. Robinson: A Biography and a Bibliography. Foreword by Lawrence Clark Powell
Los Angeles, CA: Title Insurance and Trust Company, 1970 First Edition Hardcover Collectible: Like New Hardcover Signed by Author
FIRST EDITION designed by Ward Ritchie and printed by Anderson, Ritchie & Simon. 8vo. 9 1/2 x 6 1/4 inches. xi, 83 pp. Black-and-white frontispiece portrait, 11 black-and-white photographic plates, bibliography of Robinson's writings; text clean, unmarked. Green cloth, pictorial label on front cover, spine titled in gilt, slip case; binding square and tight. INSCRIBED by the author on the front free end-paper. SIGNED by Robinson under the frontispiece and SIGNED by Ritchie on the copyright page. Fine. William Wilcox Robinson (1891-1972) was an authority on California local history, having begun as a property title researcher for the Title Guarantee and Trust Company in Los Angeles, rising to become Vice-President. Powell's Foreword creates a myth that is likely not true but fun nonetheless. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Landscapes and Bookscapes of California: An Address by Lawrence Clark Powell., Lawrence Clark Powell (1905-2001).
4 Lawrence Clark Powell (1905-2001). Landscapes and Bookscapes of California: An Address by Lawrence Clark Powell.
Berkeley, CA: The Friends of the Bancroft Library, 1958 First Edition Paperback Collectible: Very Good Paperback 
FIRST EDITION. Pamphlet. 5 5/8 x 6 1/2 inches. [ii], 15 pp. Title page printed in red and black within a typographic border; text clean, unmarked. Printed wrappers, stapled; binding square and tight, spine lightly toned. Very Good. This is the text of a speech on California literature presented to the Eleventh Annual Address before the Friends of the Bancroft Library, May 4, 1958. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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The Spanish Press of California, 1833-1845., Robert Ernest Cowan (1862-1942).
5 Robert Ernest Cowan (1862-1942). The Spanish Press of California, 1833-1845.
San Francisco: Lawton R. Kennedy, 1931 Later Edition. Hardcover Collectible: Very Good Hardcover Signed by Author
LIMITED EDITION of 50 copies specially imprinted by Lawton R. Kennedy for his friends in the Roxburghe Club of California; it was planned and set in Bulmer type by Thomas W. McDonald in the shop of John Henry Nash and printed by Lawton R. Kennedy in the shop of Thomas H. Beatty. 12mo. 5 3/4 x 3 7/8 inches. [ii], 21, [3] pp. Typographic ornaments on title page and at head of text, printed on laid paper; text clean, unmarked. Quarter black morocco, decorative paper over boards, printed paper front cover label, 2 raised bands on the spine; binding square and tight, lightly rubbed. Bookplate of Theodore M. Lilienthal. SIGNED by Robert Ernest Cowan on the colophon. Very Good. This essay on the first printers to operate in California originally appeared in Publication No. III of the California Historic-Genealogical Society, San Francisco, 1902. It was reprinted in A Bibliography of the Spanish Press of California, 1833-1845, San Francisco, 1919 where it appeared as the Preface. In 1928 it was issued separately as an insert in The Pacific Printer and Publisher by the San Francisco Bay Cities Club of Printing House Craftsmen. PROVENANCE: Theodore Max Lilienthal (1893-1972) was the proprietor, with Leon Gelber, of Gelber-Lilienthal, Inc. of San Francisco. Their book shop opened in 1924 and its name retired in 1946, when it was sold to Lew Lengfeld who renamed it Books, Inc. Gelber-Lilienthal also operated the Lantern Press (1924-1940), which published Hildegard Flanner's A Tree in Bloom and Other Verses (1924) and Jake Zeitlin's Whispers & Chants (1927); many Lantern Press editions were printed by the Grabhorn Press. Also, in 1937, Lilienthal, his wife Frances, and a neighbor, Edith Van Antwerp (1881-1949) founded the Quercus Press as a hobby venture. They started with a Vandercook proof press, but also purchased a Washington hand press and an Albion hand press that was once owned by William Morris (now in the Huntington Library). Among the things printed at the Quercus Press from 1937 to 1948 were a variety of pamphlets by Christopher Morley, Sherwood Anderson, Gelett Burgess, but "its most valuable publications were poems by [Robinson] Jeffers" (1887-1962). Reference: Ritchie: Theodore Lilienthal, Robinson Jeffers and the Quercus Press, p. 6. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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Kaethe Kollwitz Exhibition.  October 29 to November 29, 1947., Zeitlin  & Ver Brugge.
6 Zeitlin & Ver Brugge. Kaethe Kollwitz Exhibition. October 29 to November 29, 1947.
Los Angeles, CA: Zeitlin & Ver Brugge, 1947 First Edition. Paperback Collectible: Very Good Paperback 
Bifold. 8 1/4 x 5 1/2 pp. [4] pp. Wood cut self-portrait on front cover, list of 13 works exhibited, series of 4 critical comments on the last page; text clean, unmarked. Printed on a single sheet of laid paper; light shelf wear. Very Good. Jake Zeitlin held the first exhibition of the work of Kaethe Kollwitz in Los Angeles in 1937. Kollwitz' art work was suppressed by the Nazis in her native Germany; her art emphasized the lives of the silently suffering poor and was motivated by pity. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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