The Diary of Philip Leget Edwards, The Great Cattle Drive from California to Oregon in 1837; Number 4, Rare Americana Series

San Francisco: The Grabhorn Press, 1932. Parker, Arvilla. Limited Edition. Hardcover. One of 500 copies (unnumbered), quarto size, 53 pp. Near Fine. Item #16020604

Philip Leget Edwards (1812-1869) was an educator, lawyer, and legislator, and was part of the Willamette Cattle Company. During his time there he wrote this diary documenting his travels from California to Oregon in 1837, at the time "a vast undertaking when the only trails were those made by occasional trappers like Michael La Framboise, and the herds consisted of more than half-wild cattle" (quote from introduction). This edition 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.

___DESCRIPTION: Bound in marbled boards with green cloth spine, green paper labels on front and spine with gold lettering, frontispiece a coloured facsimile from a lithograph of San Francisco in 1837 by John F. Vioget, one headpiece in sepia by Arvilla Parker, title and caption title printed in black and sepia; set in monotype Baskerville on Van Gelder paper with rough-cut edges, quarto size (10 1/8" by 7 1/2"), 48 pages, limited edition of 500 copies, unnumbered; Number 4 in the Grabhorn Press Rare Americana, First Series.

___CONDITION: Near fine; the binding clean and without blemish, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the corners straight with only the top front corner lightly rubbed, the interior clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; both free end papers heavily toned on the side facing the paste-downs, which seems to be usual for this book, and lacking original dust jacket.

___CITATION: Heller & Magee no. 172.

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