Title Captain Jack: Being the Reminiscences of a Sea-Going Bookseller.
Book Condition Used: Like New
Edition First Edition
Publisher Long Beach, CA: Seahorse Press: 1963
Seller ID KG71414-1
LIMITED EDITION of 300 copies. Miniature Book. 2 1/8 x 1 3/4 inches. [ii], 32,  pp. Half-title, title page with seahorse device in blue, initial letter "I" printed in brown ink, seahorse and ship decoration on page 19 in blue, seahorse device in brown ink on colophon; text clean, unmarked, paper lightly toned. Full dark-brown leather, front cover ruled in gilt, red leather spine label titled in gilt; binding square and tight. Bookplate of Charlotte Tufts on front free end-paper. SCARCE. Fine. Set and printed by William M. Cheney and bound by Bela Blau for the Seahorse Press. John Friend's story begins in 1917 when he became a seaman in the United States Navy. After the war, Friend went to work for book shops in Los Angeles, including Dawson's Book Shop. Friend traveled to London for Dawson's where he conducted business for Dawson's with Marks and Company. Friend also did business on his own account in Berlin and New York. This text contains Friend's cogent observations about the book dealers with whom he worked. By the end of the text, Friend becomes a bookseller in his own right. REFERENCE: this book is listed as Bradbury, 20th Century U.S. Miniature Books, Dawson No. 8, but this designation is confusing to me. The book itself contains no Dawson imprint; the text mentions that Friend worked at Dawson's Book Shop, but does not have any reference to Dawson's involvement in its publication; William M. Cheney is noted as the printer. Perhaps Bradbury should be amended to include a new publisher (there is no entry for the Seahorse Press)? Bradbury notes Friend's first name was Jack, but that was Friend's nickname; Friend's first name was John, not Jack. Jones, A Los Angeles Typesticker, No. 53.
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