San Francisco: The Windsor Press, 1929. Limited Edition. Hardcover. No. 10 of 60 copies, sixteenmo size,  pp. Near fine. Item #19052033
Poet and playwright George Sterling (1869-1926) was much acclaimed on the Pacific coast; a prolific poet, Sterling was part of the group of writers and artists in the San Francisco Bay Area and then in Carmel that included Jack London, Joaquin Miller, Mary Austin, and Robinson Jeffers. In addition to poetry, Sterling wrote several plays, and he was a regular performer in the Bohemian Club's theatrical productions, held in the Bohemian Grove in Monte Rio, California.
This tribute to Sterling is written by Albert M. Bender (1866-1941), an influential book collector and patron of the arts in San Francisco, who supported artists such as Ansel Adams and Diego Rivera. It was printed by The Windsor Press, which was begun by Cecil and James Johnson who came to San Francisco in 1924; "while fine printing was secondary to commercial work, they managed to turn out an astonishing number of charming books and broadsides during the nineteen years the Press existed" (Magee 21).
The quintessence of early twentieth-century California Fine Press printing and scarce in the marketplace; we find no copies online as of this writing.
___DESCRIPTION: Quarter black cloth with grey-green paper boards, white paper label with black ruled border, decoration, and lettering on the front board, fore- and bottom edges uncut, title page with black ruled borders and decorations, decorative headpiece in black on the first page of text; sixteenmo size (6.5" by 4.5"), 11 unnumbered pages, one of 60 copies, this number 10.
___CONDITION: Volume is near fine, with straight corners without rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; boards are clean with a few light spots of soiling, a few spots of soiling to the paper label, light rubbing to the tail of the spine; overall a lovely example of a scarce item.
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