San Francisco: The Book Club of California [printed by Arlen and Clare Philpott], 1977. Angelo, Valenti. Limited Edition. Hardcover. One of 400 copies, octavo size, 33 pp., signed by Valenti Angelo. Near fine. Item #CNBR179
"El Triunfo de la Cruz" ("The Triumph of the Cross") is an account by Father Juan Ugarte (1662-1730) of the building of the first ship made in California. Father Ugarte, a Jesuit missionary during California's early history, oversaw the construction of the ship and later sailed the ship from Loreto to La Paz to establish a mission there. An early pioneer of exploration, Father Ugarte led many expeditions around California, including one to the head of the Gulf of California, to determine whether California was an island or a peninsula. This book articulates the influence of the early missions and sailing expeditions on California's history, through the documentation of an essential ship built at the time. Included also are illustrations with hand colouring and illumination in gold by Valenti Angelo (1897-1982), an Italian printmaker and illustrator who created stunning linocuts of the American Southwest, as well as book illustrations for the Grabhorn Press in San Francisco. Angelo issued a limited edition of fifty copies of this work as a gift for friends while he worked at the Grabhorn Press; this book is a reprint of that edition.
___DESCRIPTION: Full green paper, gilt lettering and ornaments stamped on the spine, title page in orange and black with blue and orange illustration, decorative six-line initial capital letter in orange and blue on the first page, black-and-white illustrations by Valenti Angelo throughout; Kennerley type, Sonata Vellum paper, octavo size (8.5" by 5.5"), pagination: [i-vi] 1-26 [1 colophon], one of 400 copies, unnumbered, signed by the illustrator Valenti Angelo; loosely laid in is the publisher's prospectus with information about the book.
___CONDITION: Volume is near fine; the corners straight, the binding tight with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and free of prior owner markings; the covers are clean except for a faint smudge on the front board, some slight rubbing on the top edge of the boards, the head and tail of the spine are slightly bumped. The publisher's prospectus is near fine, clean with only a couple of light marks on the back page.
___CITATION: BCC 200, no. 155.
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