A Natural History of The Typestickers of Los Angeles. Compiled from the Letters of Wm. M. Cheney

By: William Murray Cheney (1907-2002), Edwin H. Carpenter (1915-1995), compiler

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FIRST EDITION of this volume commemorating the work of William Cheney, a printer who worked in Dawson's Book Shop. 8vo. 9 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches. [6], xi, 62 pp. Half-title, title page in red and black inks foreword by H. Richard Archer titled "William M. Cheney," monochrome photographs of Cheney throughout; text clean, unmarked. Quarter black cloth over olive green boards, spine titled in gilt, in original white paper dust jacket titled in black on spine of jacket in archival mylar, olive green endpapers; binding square and tight, very light soiling and toning with small chips at extremities of jacket. Bookplate of Jackson Burke on front pastedown. Muir Dawson's copy: notation in Muir Dawson's hand "With the 5 errata slips printed by Cheney" but these errata slips are no longer present. SFK519-005. Very Good. The volume includes H. Richard Archer's foreword, originally published in the Book Club of California Quarterly News Letter (Summer 1957 Vol. XXII, pp. 62-5). In the foreword, Archer says that [Cheney's ?contribution to the private press movement of the mid-twentieth century may be slight, but his position in it is assured." PROVENANCE: Bookplate on the front pastedown of type and book designer Jackson Burke (1908-1975), who designed several type faces and acted as the Director of Typographic Development at Mergenthaler Linotype from 1949-1963. The provenance in a lineage of California typophiles indicates Cheney's significant impact on private press printing in California and beyond.

Title: A Natural History of The Typestickers of Los Angeles. Compiled from the Letters of Wm. M. Cheney

Author Name: William Murray Cheney (1907-2002), Edwin H. Carpenter (1915-1995), compiler

Categories: Printing History,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Los Angeles, CA, The Rounce & Coffin Club: 1960

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Collectible: Very Good

Jacket Condition: Very Good

Type: Hardcover

Seller ID: SFK519-005

Keywords: William Murray Cheney, Edwin H. Carpenter, Fine Printing, H. Richard Archer, Rounce and Coffin Club, Jackson Burke, Muir Dawson