St. Helena, California: (James E. Beard), 1965. Dean, Mallette. Hardcover. Duodecimo size, 22 pp. Fine / Fine. Item #17100552
A chapter from the "Silverado Squatters" first published in 1883, this version with relief-cut illustrations and initials by Mallette Dean (1907-1975), and a frontis portrait of R.L.S. at the office of the St. Helena Star, 1880, from the collection of Norman H. Strouse.
A brief recollection of the fine varieties of Napa wine, written by Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) after he'd moved to the south of France for health reasons. The brief text is ripe with yearning for the wines of Napa Valley and their "inimitable fragrance and soft fire." With a brief historical background in the form of an introduction by American food writer and founder of the Napa Valley Wine Library, M.F.K. Fisher (1908-1992).
___DESCRIPTION: Original quarter olive-green cloth and patterned green and white paper covered boards, title-page spreads over two pages in black and green with frotis portrait and grape-vine decoration in green, colophon device printed in green, floriated initials in black and green, running headpieces in green, one green tailpiece; Centaur type, duodecimo size (7.5" by 5.25"), pagination: [i-iv] v-x [1-2] 3-12 pp. In the original white tissue paper dust jacket.
___CONDITION: A fine copy, internally bright and free of prior owner markings, covers are clean, no chipping or rubbing to jacket, no foxing or age-toning; a lovely copy, like new.
___CITATION: Hawk, no. 401.
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