San Francisco: The Book Club of California [printed at the Allen Press], 1946. Limited Edition. Hardcover. One of 300 copies, octavo size,  pp. Fine. Item #19052023
"The publication of the most famous of all documents relating to the Donner Party," published at the centennial of the author's original accounting of the tragic and horrifying ordeal, with a complete facsimile of the 29-page manuscript. Although the prospectus claims this is the "first printing of the diary in book form", it had previously been published by the Academy of Pacific Coast History in 1910.
This volume is an early publication by the Allen Press, still using the imprint "L-D Allen Press", with the relief-cut illustration on the half-title page, decorations and patterned boards by Mallette Dean.
___DESCRIPTION: Quarter white cloth with illustrated quill motif paper boards printed in green and brown, title in green on the spine, fore- and bottom edges rough cut, title page printed in brown and black with green quill motif, headers printed in brown with ornamental type, quills printed in brown ornament the page numbers, reproduction of a photograph of Patrick Breen from Sutter's Fort Historical Museum, 29-page facsimile of the manuscript diary; handset Bulmer type, all-rag paper, octavo size (8.25" by 5.25"), pagination: [1-5] 6-38 [39-68], one of 300 copies, unnumbered.
___CONDITION: Volume fine overall, with clean boards, straight corners with no rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; a hint of rubbing to the head and tail of the spine, else fine.
___CITATIONS: Allen Press Bibliography, no. 5; BCC no. 64; Hawk no. 228.
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