[San Francisco]: Privately Printed by Cecil and James Johnson, The Windsor Press, 1930. Adams, Ansel. Limited Edition. Leather. No. 57 of 60, quarto size, 27 pp., frontispiece signed by Ansel Adams. Near Fine. Item #16120703
Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) is best known for his works of fiction such as "Treasure Island", "Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde", and "Kidnapped"; he travelled extensively, particularly in the San Francisco Bay Area of California, and wrote about his experiences. In 1897, three years after his death, a memorial was created in Portsmouth Square in San Francisco, and "The Enchanted Galleon" tells of the monument as well as Stevenson's exploits in the Bay Area.
As related in the colophon, the book was privately printed for Garfield D. Merner "and is dedicated by him to Flodden W. Heron in appreciation of a Stevenson Night given by Mr. Heron before the Roxburghe Club of San Francisco, March 10, 1930".
It was privately printed by The Windsor Press, the imprint of Cecil and James Johnson, who came to San Francisco in 1924 and set up The Windsor Press; "while fine printing was secondary to commercial work, they managed to turn out an astonishing number of charming books and broadsides during the 19 years the Press existed" (Magee 21). Included also is a photograph by Ansel Adams (1902-1984) of the Stevenson memorial, signed by Adams below the photograph.
___DESCRIPTION: Full grey cloth, green paper label with dark green ruled borders and decorations with title in black, inset on the front board, fore- and bottom edges uncut, title page with two-colour illustration of a ship, black-and-white photograph of the Robert Louis Stevenson Memorial by Ansel Adams, signed by him in pencil below the plate; Goudy Antique type, quarto size (12" by 9.25"), pagination: [i-viii] 1-18 [1 colophon], one of 60 copies, this number 57. In a slipcase covered in light brown cloth.
___CONDITION: Volume is near fine, with clean boards, straight corners with no rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; some sunning to the spine, very minor specks of soiling to the rear board, minimal off-setting to the photograph from the type on the facing page (less than found in most copies), and some foxing to the endpapers. The slipcase is very good plus, strong and sturdy, clean overall with some spots of soiling, particularly to the rear board, and some edge wear to the top and bottom boards and the head and tail of the spine.
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