The Enchanted Galleon

[San Francisco]: Privately Printed by Cecil and James Johnson, The Windsor Press, 1930. Adams, Ansel. Limited Edition. Hardcover. No. 31 of 60, quarto size, 27 pp., frontis signed by Ansel Adams, inscribed by David Anderson. Near Fine. Item #18082408

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; Cecil and James Johnson 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.

Included in the ephemera laid into the volume are two very sweet love letters from David Anderson sent to his beloved, named Grovine in one of the letters, which matches the inscription on the front free endpaper; both letters also have Anderson's signature, written "Your own / David".

___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 31, with an inscription by the author on the front free endpaper "To Grovine / From 'David' ". With related ephemera laid in, including newspaper clippings of the creation of the Stevenson Memorial, two letters from the author with his signature, and a softcover booklet about Robert Louis Stevenson inscribed by Flodden W. Heron, to whom the book is dedicated. Housed in a slipcase covered in beige cloth.

___CONDITION: Volume is near fine, with clean boards, straight corners without rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and the only prior owner marking we see is the inscription mentioned above; some slight sunning to the spine, very minor specks of soiling to the rear board, off-setting to the photograph from the type on the facing page, and some off-setting to the front endpapers from the ephemera. The slipcase is near fine, strong and sturdy, clean overall with some slight spots of soiling, and slight edge wear.

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Price: $900.00