Los Angeles / Palo Alto: Dawson's Book Shop / William P. Wreden [designed and printed by The Castle Press], 1992. First and Limited Edition. Hardcover. One of 300 copies, quarto size, 234 pp., with prospectus and separate (related) Zamorano keepsake by Dennis Kruska. Fine. Item #CNBR477
The most comprehensive bibliography done of the literature of Yosemite, the High Sierra, and the big trees. In this work will be found a diversity of material, including "individual books, pamphlets, brochures, leaflets, broadsides, advertising cards, trade cards, and maps, as well as several letter sheets and printed views" (n.b., quote from the prospectus).
A joint work by the renowned authors Lloyd W. Currey and Dennis G. Kruska, this bibliography is the culmination of thirty years of research, collecting, and annotating Sierra Nevada material.
___DESCRIPTION: Quarter navy blue cloth with grey paper over boards, grey endpapers, colour frontispiece of "Item Number 307", title page in blue and black with small line-drawn illustration, volume replete with black-and-white illustrations of various items; quarto size (11 1/4" by 8 3/4"), pagination: [1-6] 7-233 [1, colophon], one of 300 copies (unnumbered). Loosely laid in are: (i) the prospectus, a single sheet folded once to four pages; and (ii) a separate booklet, "Thomas Almond Ayres, First Artist of Yo Semite (1818-1858)" by Dennis Kruska, a keepsake done for the 2010 joint meeting of the Zamorano Club (Los Angeles) and the Roxburghe Club (San Francisco); Ayers is (of course) included in the bibliography several times, beginning with Item no. 4; the booklet is of 32 pp. staple-bound with cardstock wraps.
___CONDITION: Volume fine overall, 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 light dustiness to the blue cloth shelfback, else fine. The prospectus better than very good, clean and without noticeable edgewear, but with several unintended creases. The separate booklet fine overall, clean, with a few very minor spots of edgewear.
___POSTAGE: Please note that this is an unusually large and heavy volume and additional postage may apply; please inquire for details.
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