San Francisco: Grabhorn Press, 1932. Limited Edition. Hardcover. One of 500 copies, quarto size, 53 pp., Number 4 in the Rare Americana Series. Near fine. Item #19031211
Philip Leget Edwards (1812-1869) was an educator, lawyer, and legislator, and was part of the Willamette Cattle Company. During his time there he wrote this diary documenting his travels from California to Oregon in 1837, at the time "a vast undertaking when the only trails were those made by occasional trappers like Michael La Framboise, and the herds consisted of more than half-wild cattle" (quote from introduction). This edition was published by the Grabhorn Press, one of the most highly renowned private presses in America in the twentieth century, run by brothers Edwin and Robert Grabhorn.
This volume is housed in a modern custom slipcase made by the prior owner, Arthur R. Andersen, a noted book collector whose hobby was making slipcases for his books; his bookplate is on the front paste-down endpaper.
___DESCRIPTION: Quarter green cloth with marbled paper boards, green paper labels with gilt lettering on front and spine, fore- and bottom edges uncut, frontispiece a coloured facsimile of a lithograph of San Francisco in 1837 by John F. Vioget, title page in orange and black, one headpiece in sepia by Arvilla Parker, title and caption title printed in black and sepia; set in monotype Baskerville on Van Gelder paper, quarto size (10" by 7.5"), pagination: [i-vi]  2-47, one of 500 copies, unnumbered. With the bookplate of Arthur R. Andersen on the front paste-down endpaper. In a slipcase covered in marbled paper.
___CONDITION: Volume is near fine, straight corners, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; boards are clean overall except for light soiling to the bottom corner of the front board, extremely light rubbing to the bottom corners, toning to the endpapers with off-setting to the front free endpaper from the bookplate. The slipcase is near fine, strong and sturdy, clean, with light wear to the corners and a couple wrinkles to the paper on the rear board.
___CITATION: Heller & Magee no. 172.
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