San Francisco: Printed at the Grabhorn Press for James Ladd Delkin: Stanford University, 1939. Vinson, Pauline. Limited Edition. Hardcover. One of 1000 copies, quarto size, 76 pp. Near fine. Item #CNBR183
Part of the massive, and incredibly talented, WPA cultural works, this by the Northern California Writer's Project. A collection of feasts and festivals celebrated by the many immigrant communities to the city of San Francisco; as is stated in the Introduction: "Here is a book of San Francisco festivals which includes no observance of any event in the city's history, no patron saint's day celebration, no fiesta handed down from Spanish Californian days. And yet the celebrations described in these pages are as much a part of San Francisco's living as if they had been observed ever since the first settlers built presidio and mission here in the year of the Declaration of Independence."
Included are feasts, both religious and secular, celebrated by communities such as the Japanese, Serbians, Scotch, Yugoslavian, Welsh, Jewish, Chinese, Irish, Greek, Russian, Mexican, Norwegian - and more. Arranged by month, with a separate chapter for each month and an illustration (in three to four colors) at the head of each chapter highlighting a particular festival, with four full-color, full-page illustrations (frontispiece plus three others).
___DESCRIPTION: Quarter natural linen with light orange paper boards, vignette in color on the front board, yellow paper spine label with red lettering, full-colour frontispiece of a Chinese dragon, title page in red and black, twelve colour headpieces by Pauline Vinson throughout, three illustrations of the festivals and traditions of San Francisco's immigrant communites inserted in to the book; Estienne type, machine-made paper, quarto size (11.75" by 7"), pagination: [i-viii] 1-67 [1 colophon], one of 1000 copies, unnumbered.
___CONDITION: Volume is near fine; with a strong, square text block, solid hinges, straight corners with no rubbing, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; some very minor soiling to the front and back boards, bottom corners slightly rubbed, else fine.
___CITATION: Grabhorn Press Bibliography, no. 318.
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