San Francisco: John Henry Nash, 1929. Wilke, William. Limited Edition. Hardcover. One of 1000 copies, quarto size, 386 pp., signed by the author. Near Fine. Item #SB2242
Cornelius Cole (1822-1924) was a politician who became an important figure in California politics after his arrival there in July 1849; he became District Attorney of Sacramento and later went on to the United States Senate. This book forms a clear and forceful portrait of a man who played an active role in the political scene of the United States and particularly of California. Included also are twenty-seven illustrations and facsimiles, as well as two fold-out letters, to complete the picture and scope of this influential individual.
___DESCRIPTION: Full marbled cloth, blue leather spine label with gilt lettering and ruled border, fore- and bottom edges uncut, title page with decorative border in black and white, frontispiece of an engraving of Cornelius Cole by William Wilke (1879-1958), a San Francisco painter and printmaker who created many illuminations and bookplates for John Henry Nash, a two-page fold-out facsimile of a letter by Schuyler Colfax to Cornelius Cole (1865), a three-page fold-out facsimile of a letter by Julia Dent Grant to Olive Cole (1874), twenty-seven illustrations and facsimiles pertaining to Cornelius Cole throughout; Bulmer type, Nuremberg hand-made paper, quarto size (10.5" by 7.75"), pagination: [i-ii] iii [iv] v [vi] vii 1-379, one of 1000 copies, unnumbered, signed by the author on the first flyleaf. Erratum slip reading "On page 202, last line, read 'charges' for 'changes'." tipped in after the Index at the rear. Illustrative Ex-Libris plate designed by "Bodrero" on the back paste-down endpaper, possibly designed by James Bodrero, a top concept artist at Disney during the 1940s. In a matching cloth slipcase.
___CONDITION: Volume is near fine, with clean boards, straight corners, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and other than the Ex-Libris plate entirely free of prior owner markings; slight sunning to the spine and one corner of the back board, some minor soiling to the front paste-down endpaper, leather spine label is slightly rubbed; else fine. Slipcase is very good; strong and sturdy, clean with light sunning overall, some rubbing to the edges of the spine and boards and to the corners of the boards and spine.
___CITATION: O'Day, p. 70.
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