Kentfield - California: The L-D Allen Press, 1953. Limited Edition. Hardcover. One of 200 copies, quarto size, 90 pp. Very good. Item #17100596
A personal narrative of several years the author spent "vagabondizing" in the "Far West." Per the printer's notes, included in this book are all the chapters of "Roughing It" that relate to California. A finely printed edition of this amusing work by Mark Twain, imaginatively bound with wood veneer over boards and a spine covered with Italian paper which had an unfortunate propensity to fade "alarmingly", which the Allens only discovered later, "to our dismay".
Harold Mallette Dean (1907-1975) was a painter and illustrator who worked for most of his career in San Francisco, on projects such as the WPA Mural Project, the murals in Coit Tower, and for fifteen years illustrating books for the Grabhorn Press. He and his wife Vivien also established their own printing press in Fairfax, California, in 1953, with Mallette doing the illustrations for most of the books they issued.
___DESCRIPTION: Original quarter vermilion Italian cover paper, and wood veneer over boards, lettering in black to backstrip and in orange to upper boards, fore-edge and tail-edge uncut, title-page printed in red, blue-green and black, with black woodcut vignette, six full-page three-colour illustrations and the cuts on the title and last page all by Mallette Dean, red, black and blue-green head-pieces and headlines; hand-set Bulmer type for the text, Commercial Script and Victorian Barnum for display, all-rag Oxbow paper, large octavo size (10 1/8" by 6 1/2"), [1-9] 10-90 pp., limited edition, one of 200 copies.
___CONDITION: A very good copy, internally bright and complete, no prior owner markings, spine and text block are straight and square, except for some rubbing to the edges of the paper covers, and a faint damp stain to the head of the upper board, this is a very good copy with the ubiquitous fading to the spine.
___CITATIONS: Allen Press Bibliography no. 12, Hawk no. 315.
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