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Catalogue of Some Five Hundred Examples of the Printing of Edwin and Robert Grabhorn, 1917-1960, Two Gentlemen from Indian Now Resident in California., David Bickersteth Magee (1905-1977).
1 David Bickersteth Magee (1905-1977). Catalogue of Some Five Hundred Examples of the Printing of Edwin and Robert Grabhorn, 1917-1960, Two Gentlemen from Indian Now Resident in California.
San Francisco, CA: Book Shop of David Magee, 1961 First Edition Hardcover Collectible: Like New Hardcover 
LIMITED EDITION of 250 copies, printed at the Grabhorn Press. 4to. 11 5/8 x 9 inches. (xvi), 63, [3] pp. Frontispiece portrait of Edwin Grabhorn, text printed in red and black, black-and-white photographic illustrations by Marjory Farquhar throughout, index; text clean, unmarked. Beige linen spine, patterned paper over boards, printed paper spine label. Fine. This is one of the hardcover copies that includes the 1961 photographs by Marjory Farquhar, of David Magee's catalogue of the largest grouping of Grabhorn Press books ever assembled for sale. The catalogue did not offer a complete collection of Grabhorn Press items, but it offered a wide variety of titles from a lowly high school annual to some of the most sumptuous publications of the Press. 
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The Magees Slip Quietly Away from Post Street., David Magee.
2 David Magee. The Magees Slip Quietly Away from Post Street.
San Francisco: David Magee Book Shop, 1963 Paperback Used: Very Good Paperback 
Bifold. 12 x 9 inches. Engraving mounted on front panel, in red rules, decorative initial in red; text clean, unmarked. Soiling on back panel. Very Good. Printed at the Grabhorn Press. The engraving is the frontispiece for "A True Copy... for the Tryal of K. Charles I..." London, 1684. A notice that the David Magee Book Shop will move from Post Street to Cow Hollow in San Francisco in September 1964. 
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Bibliography of the Grabhorn Press by Dorothy and David Magee, 1940-1956 [with a Check-List, 1916-1940]., Dorothy Wilder Magee (1906-1977) and David Bickersteth Magee (1905-1977).
3 Dorothy Wilder Magee (1906-1977) and David Bickersteth Magee (1905-1977). Bibliography of the Grabhorn Press by Dorothy and David Magee, 1940-1956 [with a Check-List, 1916-1940].
San Francisco, CA: The Grabhorn Press, 1957 First Edition Hardcover Collectible: Like New Hardcover 
LIMITED EDITION of 225 copies, printed at the Grabhorn Press. Folio. 14 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches. (xxxii), 119, [1] pp. Text printed in red and black with gilt decorations including initials, checklist of Grabhorn publications 1916-1940, 23 samples of printing (including 9 original samples and 14 facsimiles, 1 folding, 3 double-page), 1 page of paper samples used in binding, index; text clean, unmarked. Quarter red morocco, patterned paper over boards, spine titled in gilt. Fine. This is the second in a series of 3 bibliographies of the work of the Grabhorn Press undertaken by David Magee and associates. It added 3 items not included in the first volume, and reflects the same care for completeness and detail that was characteristic of David Magee. This volume includes 9 original leaves. 
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California in 1851.  The Letters of Dame Shirley.  Introduction and Notes by Carl I. Wheat., Louise Amelia Knapp Clappe (1819-1906).
4 Louise Amelia Knapp Clappe (1819-1906). California in 1851. The Letters of Dame Shirley. Introduction and Notes by Carl I. Wheat.
San Francisco, CA: Grabhorn Press, 1933 First Edition, thus. Hardcover Collectible: Very Good Missing Hardcover 
First Series: Rare Americana, Nos. 5 and 6. LIMITED EDITION of 500 copies printed by the Grabhorn Press with Centaur monotype on machine made paper. Two Volumes, complete. 8vo. 8 7/8 x 6 inches. (20), 142, [6]; (20), 143, [1 blank], [6] pp. Title-pages printed within black rules with pale blue backgrounds, a total of 25 section head illustrations also printed within a ruled border shaded in blue (these are derived from the blue letter-sheet lithographs which were extremely popular in California at the time of the Shirley Letters); text clean, unmarked. Blue cloth spine, blue printed paper over boards, printed paper spine label, LACKS the dust-jackets; binding square and tight, boards are toned and the end-papers with offsetting as is typical. Very Good. Louise Clappe was born in New Jersey, grew up in Massachusetts, and later moved out West to California with her husband, Fayette Clappe. She took the pen name Dame Shirley when she wrote her famous Dame Shirley letters, which were written between September 1851 and November 1852. The Dame Shirley letters are both witty and disturbing, due to their insight into the baser aspects California mining life. Each letter was unique and extremely rich in detail. For example, the sixth letter discusses the author's shock at how vulgar the miners were, and the wide tolerance for such vulgarity. The same letter also indicates that the author's marriage was failing, and describes his business transactions with both candor and bitterness. These letters were originally published in monthly installments in "The Pioneer; or, California Monthly Magazine," of San Francisco, from January 1854 through December 1855. REFERENCES: Heller and Magee, Bibliography of the Grabhorn Press, 1915-1940, Nos. 178 and 179; Howes, U.S.iana, No. C427; Kurutz, California Gold Rush, 133b; Zamorano 80, No. 69. 
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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., Oscar Lewis (1914-1970).
5 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. 
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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., Oscar Lewis (1914-1970).
6 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. 
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Traits of American Indian Life & Character., Peter Skeene Ogden (1794-1854).
7 Peter Skeene Ogden (1794-1854). Traits of American Indian Life & Character.
San Francisco, CA: Grabhorn Pressn 1933 First Edition Hardcover Used: Good Missing Hardcover 
First Series: Rare Americana, No. 9. LIMITED EDITION of 500 copies printed by the Grabhorn Press in Janson linotype on machine made paper. Douglas S. Watson, editor and contributed the Preface. 4to. 11 1/2 x 8 inches. [12], (107), [1 blank] pp. Printed throughout in red and black inks, 6 monochrome plates; text clean, unmarked. Black cloth spine, brown paper over boards, printed paper spine and top cover labels, LACKS dust-jacket; binding square and tight, cloth freckled, small spot on front board, bookseller's catalog entry taped to front free end-paper. Laid in are two pieces of interesting Grabhorn press ephemera: 1) mailing label for this item printed on laid paper with 1 deckle edge, and 2) an announcement for "One More Book" in the first series of Rare Americana, and the commencement of the beginning of the second series which ALSO INCLUDES the first announcement of the Grabhorn's private type face, Frederic Goudy's Franciscan in honor of San Francisco and its history (toned). Good. First edition (London, 1853) issued without plates; the plates used are from De Smet's Missions de l'Oregon et Voyages aux Montagnes Rocheuses (Gand, 1848). This volume, attributed to Peter S. Ogden, provides an illuminating, and sometimes startling, account of day-to-day life among the original inhabitants of the Oregon Territory. Ogden was an explorer, author, and Hudson's Bay Company employee who was very literate, and knowledgeable in a number of regional Indian languages. REFERENCE: Heller and Magee, Bibliography of the Grabhorn Press, 1915-1940, No. 189. 
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The Epilogue., Sarah Dix Hamlin School.
8 Sarah Dix Hamlin School. The Epilogue.
San Francisco, CA: Sarah Dix Hamlin School, 1939 First Edition, thus. Hardcover Collectible: Very Good Hardcover 
LIMITED EDITION of 150 copies, issued with the school bookplate inside the front cover, which is present here. Printed with Estienne Linotype on machine made paper. This is the first of 15 annual yearbooks printed for the Sarah Dix Hamlin School by the Grabhorn Press from 1939 to 1951. 4to. 12 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches. Unpaginated. [78] pp. 6 drawings by Mallette Dean throughout, illustrated with black-and-white photographs throughout, ads at the rear, printer's device on the last page; text clean, unmarked. White leather spine, red paper over boards with the school's crest in gilt, red paper label on spine titled in black; binding square and tight, spine foxed with freckling. Very Good. The motto of the Hamlin School is "Excellence in Education for Girls." The school was founded by Sarah Dix Hamlin, who was born in Westford, Massachusetts in 1844 (d. 1923). After graduating from the University of Michigan in 1870, Hamlin worked as an educator throughout the United States and in India. Hamlin bought Van Ness Seminary in San Francisco in 1896, and renamed it The Miss Hamlin's School for Girls and Van Ness Seminary. REFERENCE: Heller and Magee, Bibliography of the Grabhorn Press, No. 314. 
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