A Toast to the Ladies

[San Francisco]: John Henry Nash, 1927. No binding. Elephant folio size, [4] pp., association copy - prior owner Carl I. Wheat. Near fine. Item #18041301

This toast, originally given by Edward H. Hamilton in 1919 at the Family Farm in the Valley of the Portola, California, was printed in 1927 by the estimable John Henry Nash (1871-1947), a San Francisco-based printer who worked for both the Tomoye Press and Taylor and Taylor, before founding his own firm in 1916, which remained in business until 1938. Nash gave his reasons for printing the "Toast" in a short preface: "It seems clear to me that long after the defiling crew that outrages American womanhood is buried in oblivion, my dear friend, Ned Hamilton, will be acclaimed for this masterpiece. To be permitted to print it in my shop and make it better known is an honor that I profoundly appreciate."

The Family Farm was an offshoot of the Bohemian Club, formed when the members who worked for William Randolph Hearst resigned from the Bohemian Club in protest when that club banned Hearst newspapers from their premises. The ban was put into place due to a piece that Hearst ran in his papers - a poem written by Ambrose Bierce which "seemed to predict or even call for President William McKinley's death by an assassin's bullet". McKinley was indeed assassinated shortly thereafter, and Hearst's opponents raised a furor over the poem, thereby putting an end to the presidential hopes of Hearst. The Family still exists today and sponsors charitable works (n. b., info per Wikipedia).

The poem is contained withing a portfolio covered in lovely marbled paper, with the bookplate of Carl I. Wheat (1892-1966). Wheat was a lawyer as well as a cartographer of the American West who authored numerous books on the subject, and whose maps and research files are archived at the Bancroft Library in Berkeley California; he was also a member of the Bohemian Club.

___DESCRIPTION: One sheet folded twice, printed French-fold (thus forming four printed pages), a "preface" by Nash on the front, the Toast on the two inside pages, the fourth page blank, text printed in blue and black, floral green borders and yellow ruled borders, yellow floral ornaments throughout the text; elephant folio size (17.5" by 10.75"). Loosely laid into printer's marbled portfolio, white paper label on the front with yellow decorations and ruled borders and title in blue, tasteful prior owner bookplate belonging to Carl I. Wheat (see above) inside the front cover.

___CONDITION: Near fine overall, the printed sheet clean with only light toning to the top edge and some shallow creases to the bottom, free of prior owner markings. The portfolio better than very good, strong and sturdy, with clean boards and straight corners; some overall rubbing to the edges and joints, and light soiling to the edges of the bookplate.

___CITATION: Neither in O'Day nor Barr; OCLC no. 6002827, noting thirty-three copies with institutions.

___POSTAGE:  Please note that due to size additional postage may apply; please inquire for details.

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Price: $225.00

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