San Francisco: The Grabhorn Press, 1936. Dean, Mallette. Limited Edition. Hardcover. One of 550 copies, octavo size, 309 pp. Fine / Very Good. Item #15110604
This diary, written by the young Lewis H. Garrard, includes contemporary descriptions of Native Americans, traders, mountain men, with their dress, behavior, and speech, and also includes legendary characters such as Kit Carson. Garrard attended the trial of some of the Mexicans and Pueblos who had revolted against U.S. rule of New Mexico, newly captured in the Mexican-American War, and wrote the only eye-witness account of the trial and hanging of six convicted men (N. B. info from WIkipedia). This edition of his diary was published by the Grabhorn Press, one of the most highly renowned private presses in America in the twentieth century, run by brothers Edwin and Robert Grabhorn; with woodcuts by Mallette Dean, well-known for the beauty and elegance of his work. This book took the Grabhorns seven months to make, it was the third volume of "the Third and last series of Rare Americana".
___DESCRIPTION: Bound in dark grey paper over boards decorated with brown Native American designs, natural linen cloth spine, cream paper spine label with black lettering and decorative rules, fore- and bottom edges uncut, title page printed in black, brown, and grey, chapter headings in brown, twenty-five wood-block chapter headpieces in colour designed and cut by Mallette Dean, vintage bookseller ticket on rear pastedown (Gelber Lilienthal, Inc., San Francisco); hand-set in Garamond on machine-made paper, octavo size (approximately 9.5" tall), pagination: (i-xviii), (1)-289, blank (290), colophon (291), Third Series of Rare Americana, No. 3, limited edition of 550 copies, unnumbered. Loosely laid in is the blue map printed with the book, being a facsimile of "A Map of the Indian Territory, Northern Texas and New Mexico, Showing the Great Western Prairies, by Josiah Gregg" and the publisher's prospectus. With a grey paper dust jacket.
___CONDITION: Fine overall, with clean binding, the top corners straight and the bottom corners gently bumped, all corners unrubbed, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, the colours in the illustrations deep, and entirely free of prior owner markings; there is some slight foxing on the paste-downs and the top edge of the text block, and one very small spot of soiling to the rear endpapers, else fine. The map is near fine with some light edgewear to the bottom edge, the prospectus is very good with edgewear to top and bottom edges. The dust jacket has some wear to the tail of the spine and the rear panel is partly detached.
___CITATION: Heller & Magee no. 245, Wright-Howes G70.
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