San Francisco: Ransohoffs [The Grabhorn Press], 1948. Dean, Mallette. Limited Edition. Hardcover. One of 300 copies, folio size, 23 pp. Near fine. Item #17100522
During the eighty years since it first appeared in the Overland Monthly, this story has been one of the most widely read and acclaimed of American short stories. Not only has it had a long life but it has exerted an influence exceeding that of almost any other work of fiction of comparable length. It is credited with having given the initial impetus to a whole new literary movement by uncovering the rich fictional possibilities of the California gold rush, a vein that was industriously worked for many years, not only by Bret Harte himself but by a host of his imitators (n. b., info from Introduction by Oscar Lewis).
___DESCRIPTION: Bound in maroon paper boards elaborately decorated and lettered in gold, maroon cloth spine with gilt lettering and decoration on maroon paper label, four illustrations including divisional title in gold and colour by Mallette Dean; hand-set in Bauer Bodoni on mold-made paper, folio (approximately 12.25" tall), pagination: [i-vi] 1-17, limited edition of 300 copies, unnumbered; included in the Exhibition of Western Books (Rounce & Coffin Club) for that year.
___CONDITION: Book near fine with clean binding, straight corners without rubbing, solid hinges, a strong, square text block, the illustrations are beautiful and bright with vivid gold borders, the volume entirely free of prior owner markings; some light sunning to the spine and the top edge and a few light spots of soil along the joints, else fine.
___CITATION: Grabhorn bibliography no. 469; Hawk no. 266.
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