Title The Zamorano Press and the Botica: California's First Medical Book.
Book Condition Collectible: Like New
Edition First Edition
Publisher Los Angeles: The Zamorano Club, 1988
Seller ID IYK417-001
LIMITED EDITION of 300 copies, designed and printed by Richard J. Hoffman and bound by Mel Kavin, was sponsored by the Zamorano Club and presented as a keepsake for the joint meeting of the Zamorano and Roxburghe Clubs October 1-2, 1988. 4to. 11 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches. (26) pp. Half-title, double-page title page printed in red and black with a large red initial Z and self-portrait of Augustin Zamorano in red, facsimile of Zamorano's signature, illustration of the Ramage Press used by Zamorano in 1834, running heads, 1 large initial T; text clean, unmarked. Two-toned cloth, spine titled in gilt, illustration of the Ramage press by Herschel Logan stamped in brown on the front cover; binding square and tight. Pocket inside front cover contains a facsimile printing of the Botica, 28 pp., self-wraps, stitched. Fine. The full text of the Botica is reproduced in facsimile and is present in a pocket mounted inside the front cover. The text of the larger work reproduces extracts from the Botica printed by Don Agustin Vicente Zamorano (1798-1842) in 1838 in Sonoma. The original publication was small and its text was based on authorities such as the ancient physician, Galen (129-216 CE). At the time of publication, only 3 copies were known; the one used for this work at the Los Angeles County Medical Association Library, the Huntington Library, and the Boston Public Library. This volume honors the work not for its medical value but for its very early date for printing in California and its extreme rarity. "One of the final items printed by RJH in the last months of his life. A joyous book for the collector of fine printing to behold; the legacy of a master printer and a superb final exemplar of fine letterpress printing, Southern California Style. [Rounce & Coffin Club] Western Books Award 1989." Petko. REFERENCE: Petko, A Tribute to the Work of Richard John Hoffman, No. 415.
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