[San Francisco]: John Henry Nash, 1935. Limited Edition. No binding. One of 500 copies, elephant folio size,  pp. Near fine. Item #210318033
John Henry Nash (1871-1947), San Francisco-based printer of fine press books and numerous broadsides and ephemera, is known for superb typographical design and attention to materials, particularly the paper used for printing and for his bindings.
Nash worked for Stanley-Taylor Co. until 1901 and Tomoye Press from 1903 to 1911, before founding his own firm in 1916, which remained in business until 1938. Although apparently he printed quite a few pieces of ephemera, most of them are not included in the bibliography (O'Day).
This piece was printed, as stated on the last page, as a souvenir of a bridge tournament held on September 28, 1935, which served as a fund-raiser for a scholarship in the name of John Henry Nash at San Francisco State College (today San Francisco State University). The tournament was held at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel and the list of patrons included Governor and Mrs. Frank Merriam, Dr. and Mrs. Robert G. Sproul, Mr. and Mrs. Edward F. O'Day, Mr. and Mrs. Milton S. Ray, Mr. Albert Bender, Mr. F[lodden] W. Heron, and many more; thus constituting an interesting piece of Bay Area history.
No copies listed online as of this writing.
___DESCRIPTION: A single sheet folded once to four pages, printed on the front and back only (the middle two pages blank), the title and a note from JHN on the front above the poem, all surrounded by a wide decorative border, an explanation of the scholarship and the fund-raiser, with the list of patrons beneath, on the back; elephant folio size (15.75" by 10.75"), pp. of which two are printed.
___CONDITION: Near fine, clean, with only exceedingly minor wear, free of prior owner markings; light toning to the edges, most noticeably to the bottom margin of the first page, not extending to the border, a small stamp on the bottom right corner of the back page noting "California Room".
___CITATION: Not listed in O'Day; our search of OCLC locates three copies of this 1935 printing with institutions and seems to indicate Nash may have also printed the same piece earlier, as one institution reports a 1930 printing and a second institution lists a date of 1933.
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