San Francisco: Printed by The Grabhorn Press for The Book Club of California, 1959-1965. First Edition. Hardcover. Vols.1 and 3 limited to 400 copies; 2 and 4 limited to 450 copies, four volumes, folio size, all with original prospectuses laid in. Fine / fine. Item #CNBR032
Edwin Grabhorn (1889-1968), along with his brother, Robert, founded the world-renowned Grabhorn Press, which made San Francisco a mecca for fine press printing during the first half of the 20th century. Edwin and his wife, Marjorie, were also noted collectors of asian art, and these four volumes, printed by the Grabhorn Press for The Book Club of California, comprise the entirety of the Grabhorn Japanese Print Series. Edwin's skill as a collector is so highly regarded that the S.F. Asian Art Museum curated an exhibit of his collection to be exhibited in 2015. The volumes contain excellent reproductions of woodcuts from such artists as Hokusai, Hiroshige and Utamaro, among many others. This set of volumes from the library of San Francisco book collector Morgan A. Gunst, himself a member of a prominent San Francisco pioneer family, each volume with the original prospectus, the last volume only with the plain wrapper.
___DESCRIPTION: Original decorated paper boards, quarter buckram in green, red, and black respectively (except "Twelve Wood-Block Prints... " which is quarter white paper and has the original buff dust jacket), all with printed paper labels, title-pages in black and red (except "Twelve Wood-Block Prints... " which is printed in black, green and yellow), in all four volumes there are 142 color illustrations (52, 50, 28 and 12 respectively); types used include Goudy Open, Oxford, Centaur, Lutetia and Goudy Modern, handset, machine made paper, each volume folio size (approx. 15" by 10"), pagination: [i-xviii] [1-92]; [i-xv] [1-94]; [i-vii] [1-84]; [i-xiv] [1-22] pp., first, limited edition, vols. 1 and 3 limited to 400 copies; 2 and 4 limited to 450 copies, all with original prospectuses slipped in.
____CONDITION: All in fine condition with the binding clean and unrubbed, internally bright, tight, free of prior owner markings; with only a hint of sun-toning to backstrips, otherwise like new. All four prospectuses also near fine to fine, with the original folds and a few scattered shallow creases; the single dust wrapper near fine, age-toned and lightly soiled, but with no chips and only very minor edgewear.
___CITATION: Bibliography of the Grabhorn Press 1957-1966 & Grabhorn Hoyem 1966-1973, numbers 611, 619, 638 and 652; BCC numbers 103, 106, 112, and 121.
___POSTAGE: Please note that due to the combined weight of these four volumes additional postage may apply; we are happy to ship at cost, please inquire for details.
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