William Wilcox Robinson (1891-1972) and Lawrence Clark Powell (1906-2001).
Title I. Rancho Topanga Malibu Sequit: An Historical Approach by W. W. Robinson. II. Personal Considerations: Essays by Lawrence Clark Powell.
Book Condition Collectible: Like New
Edition First Edition
Publisher Los Angeles, CA: Dawson's Book Shop, 1958
Illustrator Irene Robinson.
Seller ID GG217-046
LIMITED EDITION of 320 copies printed at the Plantin Press, this is copy number 7. Printed by Saul and Lillian Marks at the Plantin Press, binding designed by Saul Marks and executed by the Silverlake Bindery [Ward Ritchie]. Tall 8vo. 10 3/8 x 7 1/2 inches. [vi], 86,  pp. Half-title, title page printed in red and black with color vignette, double-page color map of The Malibu, each chapter with a color headpiece, with black-and-white and color illustrations in the text and as tailpieces, printer's device on the colophon; text clean, unmarked. Quarter tan cloth, patterned paper over boards, printed paper spine label; binding square and tight. SIGNED on the colophon by the following: Saul Marks, Lillian Marks, Irene Robinson, W. W. Robinson, Lawrence Clark Powell. Fine. Not only does this volume contain W. W. Robinson's account of Rancho Topanga Malibu Sequit and those who succeeded to the property, but it is also considered one of the Plantin Press's finest productions. The rancho was a 13,316-acre Spanish land grant in the Santa Monica Mountains and the adjacent coast of the Pacific Ocean. It was given to Jose Bartolome Tapia by Spanish Governor Jose Joaquin de Arrillaga in 1804. Tapia was the elder son of Felipe Santiago Tapia, a solider in the De Anza Expedition of 1775. In 1848 Tapia's wife sold the rancho to her grandson-in-law, Leon Victor Prudhomme, who was unable to document the Tapia title to the land and his claim was rejected under the Land Act of 1851. In 1891, the rancho was sold to Boston and Los Angeles businessman Frederick Hastings Rindge. The text also includes Powell's thoughts on Malibu in the 1950s with his personal recollections as a Malibu resident. REFERENCE: Harmsen and Tabor, The Plantin Press, No. 151.
William Wilcox Robinson, Lawrence Clark Powell, Irene Robinson, Rancho Topanga Malibu Sequit An Historical Approach by W. W. Robinson, Personal Considerations, Plantin Press, Fine Press, Limited Edition, California Local History