San Francisco: The Book Club of California, designed by Jack Stauffacher of The Greenwood Press, 1991. Sawkins, James Gay. Limited First Edition. Hardcover. One of 400 copies, oblong quarto,  pp., with prospectus. Near fine. Item #CNBR002
James Gay Sawkins (1806-1878) was a virtually unknown English artist who spent several years painting Hawaiian landscapes; this book publishes his work in a collected edition for the first time, revealing the genius of his work. Presented in the form of a pictorial album, depicting romantic glimpses of long since vanished landscapes and peoples of mid-nineteenth century Hawaii. With a scholarly foreword by Richard H. Dillon, and a little-known account of his life and travels by David W. Forbes, the whole being an important addition to the historical literature of the Hawaiian Islands.
___DESCRIPTION: Bound in tan linen over boards, white label printed in black on shelfback, title-page printed in black and brown, forty-three numbered reproductions (three fold-out) in colour, reproducing both oil and watercolour paintings; designed by Jack Stauffacher of The Greenwood Press, typesetting by Francesca Stauffacher, Computer Minion (Adobe) type, machine made Mohawk Superfine paper, oblong quarto size (9.5" by 12.25"), [1-5] 6-125 [1 colophon] pp., limited edition, one of 400 copies, with original prospectus.
___CONDITION: A near fine copy, the binding tight with solid hinges, the interior clean and bright, and free of prior owner markings; the cloth covers are bright and like new except for a faint (what looks like a pencil mark) light mark to the upper board, overall a near fine copy. Prospectus also near fine with just a few scattered, light creases.
___CITATION: BCC no. 197.
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