San Francisco: Grabhorn Press, 1929. Angelo, Valenti. Limited Edition. Hardcover. No. 30 of 300 copies, folio size, 134 pp., with prospectus. Near fine. Item #CNBR163
Alvar Nunez Cabeca de Vaca (ca. 1488-ca. 1560) was a Spanish explorer of the New World, and this account is of the Narvaez expedition to Florida, of which Cabeca de Vaca was one of four survivors. The expedition met with much hardship in the harsh conditions of the terrain, disease and starvation, and from attacks from some native tribes; the four men who survived made it to the Southwest region of the United States, and are considered the first people from Europe and Africa to reach the area. Cabeca de Vaca's "Relation" is a full account of his journey and contains descriptions of the many tribes and indigenous people he encountered.
This publication by the Grabhorn Press was one of the Fifty Books of the Year, and contains hand-coloured decorations and headpieces by Valenti Angelo (1897-1982), a highly-regarded designer, illuminator, and decorator of books over a career that spanned decades; much of his early work was for the Grabhorn Press and The Book Club of California. This copy with the relatively scarce prospectus with the stamp at the bottom margin of the first page for Gelber-Lilienthal, Inc., who not only ran a book shop at 336 Sutter Street but also established the Lantern Press. It was Edwin and Robert Grabhorn who introduced Leon Gelber and Theodore Max Lilienthal to Valenti Angelo, making this a wonderful association copy.
___DESCRIPTION: Full tan paper, gold lettering on the spine, fore- and bottom edges uncut, limitation page with hand-coloured decorations by Valenti Angelo, title page with hand-coloured printer's device by Angelo, two headpieces drawn and hand-coloured by Valenti Angelo; handset Lutetia type, unbleached Arnold paper, folio size (12.75" by 9"), pagination: [i-x] [1-3] 4-122 [123-124], one of 300 copies, this number 30. With prospectus, one sheet folded once, with a green stamp of Gelber, Lilienthal with their address at the bottom margin. In a slipcase covered in red cloth.
___CONDITION: Volume is near fine, with clean boards, 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; some sunning to the spine, top corners are ever so gently bumped, else fine. The prospectus is near fine, clean overall, without wear except for the original mailing fold, the green stamp referred to above (Gilber, Lilienthal) and a pencilled notation to the left "ordered Grabhorn". The slipcase is near fine also, strong and sturdy, clean overall with a hint of a few stray marks, very slight rubbing to the corners of the spine and opening.
___CITATION: Grabhorn Bibliography, no. 124; Valenti Angelo checklist, p. 44.
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