New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, (1967). Adams, Ansel. First Edition. Hardcover. Folio size, 192 pp., inscribed to the Livermore Radiation Laboratry Fire Department by Elmer Kelly. Near fine / very good. Item #18112502
A pictorial history of the first one hundred years of the University of California, Berkeley, renowned for the photography by Ansel Adams.
This copy inscribed on the front pastedown "To the LRL [Livermore Radiation Laboratory] Berkeley Fire Department - / one of the best anywhere. / Elmer Kelly". While we can never know for certain, it is probable that this was Dr. Elmer Lewis Kelly (1915-2004), who was a graduate of Cal with a PhD in Physics, 1951, a Phi Betta Cappa, and who while working at Cal's Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory headed the project to design and construct a new nuclear accelerator. During WWII he worked on the Manhattan Project, being one of the first people to arrive at Oak Ridge and experience first-hand some of the difficulties with cyclotrons and isotope separation (n.b., above info from Dr. Kelly's obiturary and the web site of the Atomic Heritage Foundation).
___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full blue linen cloth over boards, gilt decorative symbol on the front board celebrating the centennial of Cal, gilt lettering on the spine and rear board, blue laid paper endpapers, inscription on front free endpaper as set forth above, frontispiece a photograph that is also used on the front of the dust jacket, the volume replete with black-and-white photographs of the people and places that the author and photographer felt captured the essence of the first 100 years of Cal's remarkable history; type University of California Old Style (which had been designed by Frederic W. Goudy especially for the University), the plates were reproduced using photogravure with varnish blocks, folio size (13 7/8" by 10 3/8"), pagination: [1-10] 11-192. Dust jacket in black with the same photo as the frontis on the front panel with white lettering, white lettering on the spine, centenary symbol on the back panel in white, a summary of the book on the front flap with the original price on a sticker of "$17.50 until 1/1/68" underneath which is the price of $22.50, the back flap with short bios of Nancy Newhall and Adrian Wilson, best known today as the printer de force of the Press in Tuscany Alley, who served as the designer and typographer for this work.
___CONDITION: Volume is near fine, with clean boards, straight corners with minimal rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and other than the inscription by Elmer Kelly, entirely free of prior owner markings; a hint of rubbing to the head and tail of the spine, one very small spot of soiling on the recto of the rear free endpaper, and the spine ever-so-slightly cocked. The unclipped dust jacket is very good with light overall edgewear, some rubbing to the head of the spine with a small amount of loss (not affecting the text). Overall a near fine example of a highly-regarded photo-essay on the history of Cal with an interesting provenance.
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