Narrative of Nicholas "Cheyenne" Dawson (Overland to California in '41 & '49, and Texas in '51); Number Seven of the Rare Americana Series Printed & Published by The Grabhorn Press of San Francisco in May, 1933.
San Francisco: The Grabhorn Press, 1933. Parker, Arvilla. Limited Edition. Hardcover. One of 500 copies, quarto size, 107 pp. Near fine. Item #16020603
Nicholas Dawson (1819-1903), the partly self-educated schoolteacher infected with wanderlust, spent much of his life travelling on foot across America. His wanderings brought him through Missouri, Louisiana, and Arkansas to Mexico, then back to New Orleans; he returned to the West infected with Gold Fever, and then eventually settled in Texas. The original publication of his memoirs is incredibly scarce; this edition was published by the Grabhorn Press, one of the most highly renowned private presses in America during the twentieth century, run by brothers Edwin and Robert Grabhorn.
___DESCRIPTION: Quarter natural linen with brown paper boards, coloured vignette illustration on the front board, black lettering running vertically on the front and back boards, brown paper spine label with black lettering, title page and caption titles printed in red and black, nine coloured illustrations by Arvilla Parker; hand-set in Goudy Modern on Van Gelder rough-cut paper; quarto size (10" by 6.75"), pagination: [i-iv] 1-100 [101-107], one of 500 copies, unnumbered. One of the Fifty Books of the Year, 1933, First Series of Rare Americana, No. 7.
___CONDITION: Volume is near fine, with clean boards, straight corners, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; a hint of rubbing to the top front corner, very light foxing to the top of the text block, some light marks on the spine, and age-toning to the free endpapers, else fine.
___CITATION: Grabhorn Press bibliography, no. 184.
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