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    $550.00

    Diseños of California Ranchos, Maps of thirty-seven Land Grants [1822-1846]; From the Records of the United States District Court, San Francisco by Becker, Robert H

    San Francisco: The Book Club of California, printed by The Grabhorn Press, 1964. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. One of 400 copies, folio size, [122] pp., with original sales correspondence slipped in. In 1961 the U.S. District Court in San Francisco decided to place a large collection of diseños (sketches presented to Mexican governors with petitions for land grants) in the Bancroft Library for safekeeping, which made them accessible for publication in this monumental work. The diseños are all unique in themselves, drawn up by the petitioners in a variety of mediums, and selected for this volume by foremost expert Robert Becker, who wrote an explanatory essay to accompany each of the thirty-seven examples. " 'No other single group of documents so vividly and poignantly reveals the devastating, catastrophic changes that were visited upon the Californios in a mere twenty years', Becker wrote in the 'California Monthly' of March 1963" (N.B., from BCC bibliography). Roby Wentz, the Grabhorn historian, called it "one of the great Grabhorn books." One of the many books the Grabhorn brothers printed for The Book Club of California, and one which well shows their mastery of the great art of printing. ___DESCRIPTION: Quarter linen and terra cotta, yellow, brown and white decorative paper covered boards, initial letters in title, preface and introduction in red, thirty-seven tipped-in plates (twenty-four fold-out) of which twenty-six are in colour (not included in pagination), with thirty-seven line sketches of maps in text; Centaur type (both handset and monotype), machine made paper, folio size (14.25" by 9 3/8"), pagination: [i-xxiv] [1-98], limited edition of 400 copies. This copy from the library of the original owner, with his attractive bookplate, and two letters between him and David Magee regarding the purchase of the book at the time of publication. ___CONDITION: A near fine copy, internally bright and free of prior owner markings (except bookplate mentioned above), text block is tight with solid hinges, the binding is clean, the corners straight and unrubbed, the plates are clean and complete; a hint of shelf wear at edges (none so much as to chip the paper covers), overall a near fine copy of a special Grabhorn publication. ___CITATIONS: BCC 200, no. 118; Grabhorn Press Bibliography 1957-1966, no. 648. ___POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply as the standard does not always cover costs; please inquire for details. ___Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB, and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.


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    $440.00

    Designs on the Land, Diseños of California Ranchos by Becker, Robert H

    San Francisco: The Book Club of California (printed by Robert Grabhorn and Andrew Hoyem), 1969. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. One of 500 copies, oblong elephant folio size, [178] pp. The Book Club of California publication number 133, being a sequel to Robert Becker's earlier club publication of 1964 (no. 118). This time Becker focuses on the map makers rather than the land cases, some of whom were anonymous, others well-known, most notably John Bidwell, James Alexander Forbes and Abel Stearns. "During the printing of this book, the original diseños, on loan to the Press from The Bancroft Library, were deposited at night in a vault of the Wells Fargo Bank in San Francisco" (N.B., from the BCC bibliography). Included in the Exhibition of Western Books (Rounce & Coffin Club). ___DESCRIPTION: Quarter brown suede and brown cloth covered boards, yellow endpapers, title, printer's notice and list of maps in terra cotta and black, opening initial letter, rules, decorations and divisional titles in terra cotta, index map in colour, sixty-four facsimile map reproductions (two fold-out) of which twenty are in colour; Centaur and Arrighi types (handset and monotype), machine made paper, oblong elephant folio size (14.25" by 18.5"), pagination: [i-xiv] [1-164], limited edition of 500 copies. ___CONDITION: A near fine copy, internally bright and free of prior owner markings other than the attractive Ex-Libris plate of the original owner, text block is tight with solid hinges, plates are clean and complete; faint strips of sun-toning to the covers, a few light, stray soil marks, and a small spot of white to the back board, overall a near fine copy. ___CITATIONS: BCC 200, no. 133; Grabhorn-Hoyem Bibliography, no. 29. ___POSTAGE: Please note that this is an extremely large and heavy book, and therefore additional postage will apply. We are happy to ship at cost to both domestic and international customers, please inquire for details. ___Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB, and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.


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    $83.00

    Robert Louis Stevenson's Silverado Journal by Stevenson, Robert Louis; Jordan, John E. (Introduction)

    San Francisco: The Book Club of California [Printed at the Grabhorn Press], 1954. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Very good +. One of 400 copies, quarto size, 168 pp. The acclaimed Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) based "The Silverado Squatters", a travel memoir of his two-month honeymoon trip to Napa Valley with his wife Fanny Vandegrift, on the "Silverado Journal". The journal comprises Stevenson's thoughts and experiences while travelling through Napa Valley; this printing is taken from the original journal. Printed by the esteemed Grabhorn Press, for The Book Club of California, the book includes the myriad corrections of the original journal, printed in red with Stevenson's corrections printed above the original line of text. Included also is a facsimile of the only known Robert Louis Stevenson letter written from Mount Saint Helen, sent to his mother. This book was included in the Exhibition of Western Books (Rounce & Coffin Club). ___DESCRIPTION: Quarter black cloth with decorative red cloth boards, red cloth spine label with black lettering and ornaments, fore- and bottom edges uncut, title page in red and black, facsimile of journal title page frontispiece, eleven inserts of notes from the original journal printed on lighter paper, facsimile of the only known Robert Louis Stevenson letter written from Mount Saint Helen at the back of the book; handset Oxford type, machine-made paper, quarto size (11.5" by 9"), pagination: [i-vii] viii [ix] x-lxx [lxxi] lxxii [1-4] 5-95 [1 colophon], one of 400 copies, unnumbered. ___CONDITION: Volume is better than very good; with straight corners, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings, the boards are clean overall with some minor soiling to the back board; two very small spots at the rear joint where the cloth of the spine is slightly abraded, else an excellent copy. ___CITATIONS: BCC no. 88; Grabhorn Press Bibliography, no. 557. ___POSTAGE:  International customers, please note that additional postage may apply as the standard does not always cover costs; please inquire for details. ___Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB, and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.


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    $330.00

    Soon There Will Be Another Muse.. by [Grabhorn Press]

    [San Francisco]: [The Grabhorn Press], 1928. Limited Edition. No binding. Near fine. One of 200 copies printed, unnumbered, folio size, [1] p. In true Grabhorn style with their mid-western dry wit, "The Members of the Grabhorn Press" (i.e., Edwin and Robert) lament that the "critics" have taken over the discernment of what constitutes a beautiful book. "The critics are functioning furiously. New books are being subjected to grave and scientific critical analysis. They are being condemned or praised according to the percentage of beauty remaining in the retort at the end of the process....And we, as printers, not artists, register a mild protest". The illustrated headpiece is, according to a note pencilled on the last page (and with which we heartily agree), mistakenly attributed in the Grabhorn Bibliography to Valenti Angelo. Per the note, the typographic illustration was composed by Robert Grabhorn. Scarce in the marketplace and with no auction records, although OCLC locates approximately a dozen libraries with holdings. ___DESCRIPTION: Broadside with a typographic illustration serving as headpiece followed by a short treatise on "printing...being lifted out of its craft-class into the higher level of art" set forth in four short paragraphs, signed by "The Members of the Grabhorn Press", a single sheet folded into four pages but with all printing only on the front, the rear with a small stamp in the lower right-hand corner showing prior ownership by the BCC; Janson type, handset, on machine-made paper, folio size (13" by 8 78"), [1] printed page. ___CONDITION: Near fine, with very light age-toning, clean overall with a single light smudge in the top margin, and a few very shallow creases; other than the BCC stamp mentioned above and the pencilled note (all on the last [blank] page), free of other markings. ___CITATION: Grabhorn Bibliography, no. 114. ___POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply as the standard does not always cover costs; please inquire for details. ___Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB, and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.


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    $220.00

    In Memoriam, Edwin Grabhorn, 1889-1968 [Roxburghe Club Keepsake] by [Grabhorn Press]; [Magee, David]

    [San Francisco]: [Robert Grabhorn & Andrew Hoyem for the Roxburghe Club of San Francisco, 1969], 1969. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine. One of 150 copies, elephant folio size, 22 pp. A tribute to the incomparable Edwin Grabhorn, who, with his brother Robert, created some of the loveliest of American private press books during the first half of the twentieth century. This tribute was printed for the Roxburghe Club of San Francisco, and the essay by David Magee focuses on the contribution to the Club by the Grabhorns, as well as sharing something of the spirit of the man. "Ed was a modest man. He once described himself to an interviewer as 'just another job printer trying to get by'. Even when the American Institute of Graphic Arts invited him to New York to receive its gold medal, he declined" (from David Magee's essay). Embellished with two tipped-in black and white photographic images (by Marjorie Farquhar) of Edwin Grabhorn at the Press, and eight tipped-in original leaves from various books printed at the Grabhorn Press. ___DESCRIPTION: Quarter green linen cloth with tan laid paper boards, paper spine label with brown lettering, decorative flourish at the beginning of the essay, photographs and leaves tipped in as indicated above, two-page list of important dates in the life of Edwin Grabhorn; elephant folio size (almost 16" tall), 22 unnumbered pages, one of 150 copies, unnumbered. ___CONDITION: Fine overall, with a strong text block, solid hinges, boards clean with no rubbing to the corners, and entirely free of prior owner markings; a hint of glue residue to the spine on the front, another very faint pencil mark to the paper on the back board, else fine. ___POSTAGE: Please note that due to the large size of this volume additional postage may apply; we are happy to ship to both domestic and international addresses at cost, please contact us for details. ___Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB, and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.


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    $83.00

    The Story of My Life, A Translation from the Original German of the Autobiography of Friedrich Schuenemann-Pott as Made by His Daughter, Ida Denicke by Schuenemann-Pott, Friedrich; Denicke, Ida (Translator)

    San Francisco: Privately Printed at the Grabhorn Press, 1937. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. No. 95 of 100, quarto size, 140 pp., signed by Ida Denicke. Friedrich Schuenemann-Pott dedicated his life to the freedom of religious thought and the "fundamental right of the human mind". This translation from the original German published in 1873 was done by Schuenemann-Pott's daughter, Ida Denicke, while in her eighties (n. b., info from Denicke's Foreword). ___DESCRIPTION: Quarter blue leather with blue linen-finish paper boards, red leather spine label with gold lettering, photographic frontispiece of Friedrich Schuenemann-Pott with lettered tissue guard, title page in red and black, fourteen decorative initial capitals throughout; quarto size (10.75" tall), 140 pp., signed by Ida Denicke, one of 100 copies, this no. 95. ___CONDITION: Volume is very good, with a bright and clean text block, paper boards show some sunning and minor wear to corners, leather spine has heavy rubbing but is intact with bright blue and red colour. ___CITATION: Heller & Magee no. 267. ___POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply as the standard does not always cover costs; please inquire for details. ___Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB, and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.


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    $165.00

    Eden Anto by Fogazzaro, Antonio; Koch, Theodore Wesley (Translation); Gockinga, Rene (Illustrations)

    San Francisco: The Roxburghe Club [printed by the Grabhorn Press], 1930. Limited Edition. Stiff wraps. Fine. Gockinga, Rene. No. 152 of 250 copies, quarto size, [47] pp. The first book published by the Roxburghe Club of San Francisco, "Eden Anto" is the story of a rare 1532 edition of Ariosto's "Orlando Furioso", written by Italian novelist Antonio Fogazzaro (1842-1911). Three illustrations by Dutch artist Rene Gockinga (1893-1962) are reproduced, through an experiment of half-tone printing by the Grabhorn Press; the resulting images have a rich, almost velvet quality. ___DESCRIPTION: Full green paper over thin boards, cream paper spine label with green lettering, green ribbon ties, fore- and bottom edges uncut, title page with black decorative border illuminated in red, facsimiles of book pages and manuscripts preceding the text, three illustrations by Rene Gockinga printed in brown with yellow and black borders throughout; Lutetia type, Arnold paper, quarto size (11.25" by 8"), pagination: [i-xvi] 1-30 [1 colophon], one of 250 copies, this number 152. Tasteful prior owner bookplate, belonging to James David Zellerbach (1892-1963), the United States Ambassador to Italy in 1957, tipped in on the front paste-down endpaper. In a slipcase covered in green paper. ___CONDITION: A fine copy; the covers clean, the corners straight and unrubbed, the binding tight with solid hinges, the interior clean and bright, and the only prior owner marking is the bookplate mentioned above; some very faint off-setting from the bookplate, else fine. The slipcase is fine also, strong and sturdy, clean overall, without wear. ___CITATION: Grabhorn Bibliography, no. 136. ___POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply as the standard does not always cover costs; please contact us for details. ___Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB, and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.


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    $66.00

    Phoenixiana, A Collection of the Burlesque & Sketches of John Phoenix, alias John P. Squibob, who was, in fact, Lieutenant George H. Derby, U.S.A. by Derby, George H. [John Phoenix (Pseudonym)], (Author and Illustrator); Farquhar, Francis P. (Editor)

    San Francisco: The Grabhorn Press, 1937. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine. Derby, George H. [John Phoenix (pseudonym)]. One of 550 copies printed, unnumbered, 8vo - over 7.75" - 9.75" tall, 240 p. John Phoenix, alias John P. Squibob, or George H. Derby (1823 - 1861), was an early California humorist who used several pseudonyms to write his anecdotes and burlesques. This edition was printed by the Grabhorn Press, one of the most highly renowned private presses in America, run by brothers Edwin and Robert Grabhorn. ___DESCRIPTION: Bound in blue and brown pictorial boards with tan cloth spine, blue paper label with black lettering on spine, title printed in black and sepia, cut on title page and thirty-three coloured headpieces reproduced from contemporary type specimen book; coloured drawing of Squibob, two on blue paper, one on brown paper, and fascimile newspaper, numerous small sketches within text; hand-set in Oxford type on machine-made paper, 240 p., unnumbered limited edition of 550 copies. ___CONDITION: Near fine condition with some minor wear to the label on the spine, and one very small mark on the front cover. ___CITATION: Heller & Magee no. 277. ___POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply as the standard does not always cover costs; please contact us for details. ___Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB, and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.


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    $138.00

    Voix de Noel by [Christmas Greeting]; Frechette, Louis; Van Patten, Nathan (Introduction); Starr, Judson (Illustrator)

    San Francisco: Printed by the Grabhorn Press for Leon Gelber and Theodore Lilienthal, 1936. Limited Edition. Wraps. Fine. Starr, Judson. One of 200 copies, quarto size, [16] unnumbered pp., with holiday card and ms translation slipped in. An edition of this Christmas poem by Canadian poet Louis Frechette (1839-1908) the poet-laureate of Quebec, first published as a poetical preface to the author's Noel au Canada, in 1900. With small "Holiday Greetings" card signed by Leon Gelber and Theodore Lilienthal; also with a ms translation of the poem (appears to be in the hand of Theodore Lilienthal), which is printed in the original French text in the book. Printed for Leon Gelber and Theodore Lilienthal for Christmas 1936 by the Grabhorn Press. Lilienthal, his wife Frances, and Edith Van Antwerp operated The Quercus Press from 1937 to 1940. ___DESCRIPTION: Original brown paper wrappers, title stamped in dark-brown to upper wrapper, coloured frontispiece of Virgin and Child by Judson Starr, title page in black and blue, four-line hand-drawn blue initial capital letter opens the poem; Lutetia type, machine made paper, quarto size (11" by 7.5"), [16] unnumbered pp. (including blanks), limited edition, one of 200 copies, this copy out of series. ___CONDITION: A fine copy, internally bright and free of prior owner markings, covers are clean, no chipping or rubbing to wrappers, no foxing or age-toning; like new. ____CITATION: Grabhorn Press Bibliography, no. 260. ___POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply as the standard shipping charge does not always cover costs; please inquire for details. ___Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB, and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.


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    $330.00

    Maurizius Forever [INSCRIBED BY JANE GRABHORN] by Miller, Henry (Author and Artist); Dean, Mallette (Linocuts)

    San Francisco: The Colt Press, 1946. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. Miller, Henry; Dean, Mallette. One of 500 copies, square octavo, [78] pp., inscribed by Jane Grabhorn. Warmly inscribed by Jane Grabhorn "To Bill and Molly / to whom, if I could,/ I would dedicate / all my books - / Jane / May 8, 1946", with her parents' bookplate on the front pastedown. The illustrations from the original water colors by Henry Miller were interpreted by Mallette Dean on linoleum blocks; printed at the Grabhorn press and included in the Exhibition of Western Books (Rounce & Coffin Club). Henry Miller, in this essay springing from "The Maurizius Case" by Jacob Wassermann (published in 1929), has given us a melange of philosophy, history, justice, and a critique of civilized society; incredibly thought-provoking, a must-read for anyone interested in the concept of justice on this earth. ___DESCRIPTION: Original green paper covered boards with the title stamped in white to the upper board, fore- and bottom edges uncut, plain endpapers, illustrated title page in colour with illustration on title page repearted in part on colophon, linocuts by Mallette Dean after Henry Miller in color; octavo size (9.75" by 7.25"), [78] pp., one of 500 copies, inscribed by Jane Grabhorn, with the bookplate of W. and M. Bissell to the first pastedown. ___CONDITION: Overall near fine, with a strong, square text block, solid hinges, straight corners with absolutely no rubbing, the interior is clean and bright, and it is entirely free of prior owner markings (other than the inscription / bookplate referred to above); the paper boards with faint toning at the edges, else fine. ___CITATIONS: Grabhorn Bibliography no. 421, "Catalogue of an Exhibition...In the Albert M. Bender Room...1956, Colt Press" no. 34. ___POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply, please inquire for details. ___Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.


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    $880.00

    Bibliography of the Grabhorn Press, 1940-1956; With a Check-List, 1916-1940 by Magee, Dorothy and David; Adler, Elmer (Introduction)

    San Francisco: Printed at The Grabhorn Press, 1957. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine. One of 225 copies, folio size, 119 pp. A limited, fine letterpress edition of the second volume of the Grabhorn bibliography, printed by Edwin & Robert Grabhorn, Jane & Mary Grabhorn and Sherwood Grover, from the library of esteemed book collector Roger K. Larson, and the Richard A. Gleeson Library at the University of San Francisco (with lovely bookplates from both). Beautifully printed with specimens from numerous publications laid in, an essential item for anyone attempting to keep up with the Grabhorn Press's prolific history and bibliography. ___DESCRIPTION: Original quarter red morocco and decorative red and white paper covered boards, backstrip lettered in gilt, fore-edge and tail-edge ucut, title-page in red, black and gilt, with illuminated initials and text printed in black and red throughout, illustrated fold-out of printer's devices from the press, six reprinted title-pages or pages of text, one canceled illustration, ten original sheets/leaves/signatures bound in, one "illustration showing different surfaces for the printing of colors", and one page of mounted specimens of binding papers; folio size (14.25" by 10.5"), pagination: [i-vi] vii-xxix [xxx-xxxii] 1-119 [1 colophon], one of 225 copies of the limited first edition. ___CONDITION: A near fine copy, with two bookplates from prominent collections, internally bright, covers are clean and unscathed; faint age-toning to the backstrip and exceedingly minor wear to the bottom edge of the boards near the corners. A lovely production by the inimitable Grabhorn Press . ___POSTAGE: Please note that this is an extremely large and heavy book, and therefore additional postage may apply. We are happy to ship at cost to both domestic and international customers, please inquire for details. ___Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.


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    $825.00

    A Group of Specimen Pages from Books; Printed by the Grabhorn Press, Assembled for Members of the Zamorano Club, October 1929 by Grabhorn, Edwin (Foreword)

    San Francisco: Grabhorn Press, 1929. Limited Edition. Wraps. Very good +. Angelo, Valenti. One of approx. 30 copies, folio size, [10] unnumbered leaves, signed by Edwin Grabhorn and Valenti Angelo. A keepsake offered to members of the Zamorano Club at the joint Roxburghe-Zamorano Club meeting, held in October, 1929, printed by The Grabhorn Press and "Assembled for Members of the Zamorano Club". As is written in the foreword by Ed Grabhorn, "For the past few years there has been accumulating extra pages from various books. It has occured to us that a few of these....might be of some interest to you". They close by stating "[t]his seclusion [of printing "in overalls"] has created such a timidity that while the honor conferred on Mr. Angelo & myself cannot be ignored, yet the fear of having to make an after dinner speech has frightened us into further seclusion"; beneath are the signatures of both Edwin Grabhorn and Valenti Angelo, with what appears to be the date of "Oct (?) 29" written in at the bottom of a lovely multi-line flourish beneath Valenti Angelo's name. The "seclusion" comment was a bit tongue-in-cheek, as their schedules simply did not permit the two men to travel to Los Angeles for the joint meeting. The specimens included are from 1926-1929, taken from nine books that both Valenti Angelo and Edwin Grabhorn worked on. Those works are: "The Letter of Amerigo Vespucci," 1926; "Oscar Wilde's Salome," 1927; "The Book of Ruth," 1927; "Two Unpublished Manuscripts of A.C. Swinburne," 1927; "The Voiage and Travaile of Sir John Maundevile, Kt.," 1928; "The Scarlet Letter," 1928; "The Plantin-Moretus Museum," 1929; "Reglamento (A book of laws for Spanish California)," 1929; and "Relation of Alvar Nunez Cabeca de Vaca," 1929; each specimen is accompanied by an amusing commentary by Edwin Grabhorn. ___DESCRIPTION: Original grey printed paper wrappers, hand-sewn, illustration on the front wrap previously used for the title page of "Reglamento Para El Gobierno de la Provincia de Californias", with 14 tipped-in specimens printed in a variety of styles and colors, all on the same grey paper as the wrappers; Jansen type, handset, folio size (just under 15" by 10"), [10] unnumbered leaves, limited edition, one of approx. 30 copies, signed by Edwin Grabhorn and Valenti Angelo. ___CONDITION: Almost near fine, the sewn binding solid, internally bright and complete; some minor overall edgewear and minor age toning to the edges and some stray light soil marks to the wrappers; a very good, solid copy of a scarce piece of Grabhorn Press / Valenti Angelo / Roxburghe-Zamorano ephemera. ___CITATION: Grabhorn Bibliography no. 125. ___POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply as the standard shipping charge does not always cover costs; please inquire for details. ___Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB, and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.


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    $138.00

    Another Commonplace Book by [Grover, Sherwood and Katherine]

    San Francisco: The Grace Hoper Press, 1956. Limited First Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. One of 75 copies, folio size, [33] pp. Another iconic Commonplace Book from the Grovers, somewhat more elaborate than its predecessor. With excerpts, anecdotes and proverbs from many different sources, such as "Advertisements are of great use to the vulgar" -Addison. Sherwood and Katherine Grover were a husband and wife team; Sherwood was the pressman at the Grabhorn Press and that is where the early Grace Hoper Press books were printed. He eventually left the Grabhorns to pursue his own career, although remaining fast friends with the Grabhorns throughout their lives. ___DESCRIPTION: Quarter linen and decorative paper covered boards, with a red leather label lettered in gilt on the backstrip, tail- and fore-edges uncut, printed in black, gilt, red, blue and yellow, numerous initials, flourishes, and vignettes throughout; numerous typefaces, handmade paper, folio size (13" by 9"), [1-4] 5-32 [1 colophon] pp., limited first edition, one of 75 copies. ___CONDITION: A near fine copy; internally bright, cloth is like new, paper boards have a hint of rubbing at the corners, and some faint scattered foxing throughout, overall a near fine copy, another charming publication from the Grovers. ___POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply as the standard shipping charge does not always cover costs; please inquire for details. ___Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB, and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.


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    $715.00

    Old Christmas; Presented by Ralph Henry Thatcher With the most sincere wishes for a very joyous Christmas by Wither, George

    San Francisco: Privately Printed [at The Grabhorn Press], 1921. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. From a small edition for the printer (unknown number), octavo size, [6] unnumbered pp. An early Grabhorn Press item, printed in 1921; number 35 in the bibliography, as Edwin and Robert had only arrived in San Francisco the year before, in 1920. Per the Bibliography, 100 copies were privately printed for Hugh Thomas, with his greeting printed in red, and issued as stitched sheets. There were "also some copies, with a new donor's greeting in black, printed by Ralph Henry Thatcher, an employee of the Press, for himself at Christmas, 1921". This is one of those few copies, with no indication of how many were printed. He was also probably responsible for the different binding, as the main edition was issued in wrappers. The main edition of 100 copies would have had the donor's greeting printed in red, printed for Hugh Thomas. George Wither's (1588-1667) "Christmas Carol" was first published in "Fair-virtue, the Mistresse of Philarete" in 1622. This copy from the library of Marjorie and Martin Mitau, with their beautiful bookplate (an etching signed by the artist). Martin Mitau (1900-1973) and Marjorie Mitau (1906-1983) were both prominent San Franciscans and lived in the Bay Area all their lives; Martin was a member of Roxburghe Club of San Francisco and the Book Club of California and we can surmise with very little doubt that they knew the Grabhorns and their work. ___DESCRIPTION: Original light tan laid paper over boards, the bookplate of the Mitaus on the front pastedown, title page with greeting all in black, the poem opens with a single four-line initial capital letter in blue, printed in red and black; Caxton Black type, handset, handmade English paper (with watermarks "Hand made / J. Wha...), octavo size (8.75" by 5.5"), [6] unnumbered pp., limited but the exact number unrecorded. ___CONDITION: A near fine copy, internally bright and free of prior owner markings, text block is straight and square with solid hinges, the covers are clean except for some minor age-toning and a single, thin, stray mark (as though from a pen) in green on the back board, corners are straight and without rubbing; tail of backstrip with slight wear; overall a near fine copy of a scarce, early Grabhorn Press item. ___CITATION: Grabhorn Bibliography, no. 35. ___POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply as the standard does not always cover costs; please contact us for details. ___Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.


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    $138.00

    Hearn and His Biographers, the Record of a Literary Controversy; Together with a Group of Letters from Lafcadio Hearn to Joseph Tunison Now First Published by Hearn, Lafcadio; Lewis, Oscar

    San Francisco: Printed by the Grabhorn Press for The Westgate Press, 1930. Limited First Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. One of 350 copies, octavo size, [122] pp. An early Grabhorn Press publication, in wonderful condition with most signatures unopened; with initials designed by Valenti Angelo. Publised by The Westgate Press, one of the private enterprises launched by the Grabhorn Press. It was established in 1929 by San Francisco historian Oscar Lewis and Robert Grabhorn with the intention of publishing limited, signed editions by popular contemporary authors. It was successful for three years, until it had to be closed due the strain of the economic depression, and its inability to come to an acceptable business arrangement with Edwin Grabhorn. Published here for the first time, this edition focuses primarily on the letters exchanged between Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904) and Joseph Tunison (1849-1916), and the literary controversy that occurred after Hearn's death. Patrick Lafcadio Hearn had in his family background blood both Greek and Arab, Irish and Gypsy. Born in Greece, raised in Ireland, at the age of 19 he emigrated to the United States spending time in Cincinnati and New Orleans, whence sprang the Creole Sketches. He eventually travelled for work (newspaper reporting) to the West Indies and thence to Japan, where he found his true home. He married into a Samurai family to Setsuko Koizumi and had four children, fully immersing himself into the Japanese culture. Largely unknown to westeners at the time, his writings on the customs, religions and literature of Japan were avidly read; although Hearn would come to condenm the Westernization of Japan, he accepted its inevitability, and attempted to describe the county even as it was changing. From the library of noted San Francisco collector Morgan A. Gunst, with his attractive bookplate. ___DESCRIPTION: Quarter blue and tan decorative silk, decorative gray paper covered boards, gray label printed in black on back, red leather with gilt Ex-Libris of Morgan Gunst on the front pastedown, publisher's device on title-page in orange, six initials in orange, printer's device at colophon in orange, mounted facsimile portrait, three facsimile letters, two facsimile announcements, all with captioned tissue guards, all tipped in; Garamond type, machine made paper, octavo size (8.75" by 5.5"), [i-x] [1] 2-110 [111] [1 colophon] pp., limited first edition of 350 copies. Housed in the publisher's Japanese three-fold case of green paper-covered thin boards, cream paper label with black lettering on the spine. ___CONDITION: A near fine copy, covers are clean except for faint age-toning to the top edges, corners are straight and unrubbed, the text block is tight and strong with solid hinges, most signatures remain unopened and therefore internally bright and complete, and entirely free of prior owner markings; the items that were tipped in have caused the boards to bow outwards slightly in the middle, overall a near fine copy. The case is very good overall; it fastened in the Japanese style with ribbon with and bone clasps, the clasps are missing and only remnants of the ribbons remain, the head of the backstrip has suffered a small bump, otherwise it is very clean and bright; even with the clasps missing, overall very good. ___CITATION: Grabhorn Press Bibliography, no. 133. BAL 8015. Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science, Vol. 10, p. 142. ___POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply as the standard does not always cover costs; please contact us for details. ___Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.


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    $165.00

    An Original Issue of "The Spectator", Together with The Story of the Famous Periodical and of its Founders, Joseph Addison & Richard Steele by Partridge, Eric

    San Francisco: The Book Club of California [printed by The Grabhorn Press], 1939. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. One of 455 copies, folio size, 58 pp., with original leaf from "The Spectator" tipped in. "The Spectator" was created in 1711 by Joseph Addison (1672-1719) and Richard Steele (1672-1729); published daily for the first two years, it served to inform people of subjects like literature and philosophy and to encourage educated conversation. Supposedly it was intended especially for women audiences, to make available subjects and education that might not have been offered to them otherwise. This volume was printed by the estimable the Grabhorn Press for the Book Club of California, and includes a leaf of the November 8th, 1711, issue of "The Spectator". Originally, one of the Club's members, M. S. Slocum, was asked to write an essay for the book, but he declined because of his other work, and thus Eric Partridge (1894-1979), notable lexicographer and expert on the period of Addison and Steele, was asked instead. ___DESCRIPTION: Quarter natural linen with marbled paper boards, tan paper spine label with black lettering, fore-edge uncut, beige endpapers, limitation page with printer's device in black, title page in orange and black with two black-and-white photographs captioned "J. Addison" and "Richard Steele", an original leaf of "The Spectator" tipped in, onto a page with a red ruled border, facsimile of the handbill in the British Museum announcing the publication of "The Spectator"; Baskerville monotype, American mold made paper, folio size (13.5" by 8.5"), pagination: [i-viii] [1-3] 4-49 [50], one of 455 copies, unnumbered. ___CONDITION: Volume is near fine, with clean boards, straight corners, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, and the interior is clean and bright; some slight rubbing to the edges of the boards and to the corners, age-toning to the free endpapers, and bottom rear corner is very gently bumped, else fine.     ___CITATIONS: Grabhorn Press Bibliography, no. 312; BCC no. 56. ___POSTAGE:  International customers, please note that additional postage may apply as the standard does not always cover costs; please inquire for details. ___Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB, and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.


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    $83.00

    Pen-Knife Sketches, or, Chips of the Old Block; A Series of Original Illustrated Letters, Written by One of California's Pioneer Miners, and Dedicated to that Class of Her Citizens by the Author. Reprinted from the Only Edition (1853) with the Illustrations by Charles Nahl and a New Foreword by G. Ezra Dane by Delano, Alonzo; Dane, G. Ezra (Foreword); Nahl, Charles (Illustrator)

    San Francisco: The Grabhorn Press, 1934. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. Nahl, Charles. Quarto size, 80 pp. Alonzo Delano (1806 - 1874), who went by the pen name "Old Block", was an American humorist, pioneer town city father, and a California Gold Rush Forty-niner; his sketches of gold rush camp life rivaled Bret Harte and Mark Twain in popularity (N. B. info from Wikipedia). This edition was published by the Grabhorn Press, one of the most highly renowned private presses in America in the twentieth century, run by brothers Edwin and Robert Grabhorn. ___DESCRIPTION: Bound in blue-green boards with tan cloth spine, front pastedown with full-colour illustration and title by Charles Nahl, cream paper label on spine with black lettering; frontispiece, twenty headpieces, and four full-page drawings in colour by Nahl, decorative initial capital letters; black and sepia text in Janson linotype in double columns on machine made paper, quarto size (approximately 11.25" tall), 80 pages, limited edition of 550 copies, unnumbered. ___CONDITION: Book is in near fine condition with brightly coloured illustrations, the front label has some minor chips, slight wear to corners and head of the spine. ___CITATION: Heller & Magee no. 204. ___POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply as the standard does not always cover costs; please inquire for details. ___Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB, and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.


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    $30.00

    A Ranchero Feat Illustrating the Virtues of the California Horse. An Excerpt From A Tour of Duty in California. By Joseph Warren Revere, Lieutenant U.S. Navy. With a Facsimile of a Plate from the Original Edition of 1849 by Joseph Warren Revere (1812-1880)

    San Francisco: Carl Hoffman, 1940. Paperback. Very Good. LIMITED EDITION of 250 copies printed by the Grabhorn Press as a Christmas Greeting for Carl Hoffman. 8vo. 8 3/4 x 5 3/4 inches. [8] pp. Tinted frontispiece illustration, title-page printed in red and black, decorative initial, printed on textured paper; text clean, unmarked. Printed cream-colored wrappers; binding square and tight, bound into a brown Gaylord pamphlet binder of stiff cards with a cloth spine. MM219-010. Very Good. Each year the Grabhorn Press printed a host of holiday greetings for their many patrons. The Magee and Magee Grabhorn Bibliography only listed those with considerable text and not merely the double-fold, "bread-and-butter type of card." This book contains Lieutenant Revere's account of the capture and killing of a bear by a man with the aid of his horse. REFERENCE: Magee and Magee, Bibliography of the Grabhorn Press, 1940-1956, p. 105.


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    $110.00

    France of To-morrow by Guerard, Albert

    Stanford, University: James Ladd Delkin, printed at the Grabhorn Press, 1941. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine/near fine. One of 250 copies, quarto size, [73] pp. An essay by Albert Leon Guerard (1880-1959) on Vichy France, the nominal government of German-occupied France during WWII. He begins: "The France of to-morrow! What do we know of the France of to-day? Instead of clarion calls, there come to us across the ocean only vague rumors, whispers about the impotence of bewildered and disheartened men". He argues against the Vichy regime, and posits how victory over them might be won: "The Victory must be a Victory of Reason, Won in the German Soul" he wrote - in hindsight, alas, it was not to be won through reason. The essay provides a fascinating glimpse into the time when Nazi Germany was still a world power and reasonable men at times disagreed on the best way to victory. Published by James Ladd Delkin of Stanford University, where Albert Guerard was a Professor for many years, and printed by the inimitable Grabhorn Press. ___DESCRIPTION: Bound in dark blue paper boards with gold fleur-de-lis design, natural linen spine, white paper label with red lettering and decorations, title page in red and black with gold fleur-de-lis on blue shield, chapter headings being large Roman numerals in red flanked by blue fleur-de-lis; set in monotype Centaur on Raisin Creme Canson Gravure paper from France;quarto size (10.25" by 6.5"), [1-5] 6-73 pp., unnumbered limited edition of 250 copies; in a plain white paper dust jacket. ___CONDITION: Fine, the binding clean and unrubbed, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, straight corners without rubbing, the text pages are clean and bright with the signatures mostly unopened, and entirely free of prior owner markings, with only some of the usual offsetting to the endpapers; crisp, a breathtaking copy. The white paper dust jacket near fine, clean and bright other than a stray mark or two, a very small spot of rubbing to one panel, and on one flap a small piece of red tape with a vintage bookseller price of $6.00 hand-written above. ___CITATION: Heller & Magee no. 353. ___POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply as the standard does not always cover costs; please inquire for details. ___Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB, and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.


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    $30.00

    Santa Francesca: Our Lady of the Golden Gate by Laurence Butler Ridgeley (b. circa 1863)

    San Francisco: Laurence Butler Ridgeley, 1935. Hardcover. Very Good. LIMITED EDITION of 250 copies printed by the Grabhorn Press in handset Italian Old Style type on machine made paper. 8vo. 9 1/2 x 5 3/4 inches. (8), 48, (2) pp. Printed in red and black inks throughout, printer's device on title page; text clean, unmarked. Vellum spine, brown paper over boards, spine titled in red; binding square and tight. INSCRIBED by the author on front fly leaf. MM319-052. Very Good. INSCRIBED by the publisher, "Inscribed by the author, Laurence B. Ridgeley, In grateful recognition of our happy acquaintance. For F. P. Schaeffer, 17th Nov. 1938, San Francisco." This volume includes a "proem" and two additional sections of poems on the topic of San Francisco. The book is dedicated to J. Wilmer Gresham, Dean of Grace Cathedral, San Francisco. Grabhorn Press printer's device on the title page. REFERENCES: Heller and Magee, Bibliography of the Grabhorn Press, 1915-1940, No. 231; The Living Church Annual, 1932, p. 571.


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    $440.00

    The Letter of Amerigo Vespucci, Describing His Four Voyages to the New World, 1497-1504 by Lewis, Oscar (Introduction); Angelo, Valenti (Illustrator)

    San Francisco: The Book Club of California [Printed by The Grabhorn Press], 1926. Limited Edition. Full Vellum. Near Fine. Angelo, Valenti. No. 5 of 250 copies, folio size, 39 pp. Chosen as one of the Fifty Books of the Year, it was also awarded the gold medal by the American Institute of Graphic Arts. While scholars today are still debating whether Vespucci actually made four voyages or only two, and some even debate whether Vespucci or someone else wrote some/all of the letters attributed to him, no one can doubt the importance of his letters; they brought news of the newly discovered continents of North and South America to the European public and the discovery was generally known throughout Europe within a few years of their publication (N.B., some of the above info from Wikipedia). The text of this volume follows a translation of the original Italian edition published by Pietro Pacini di Pascia at Florence in 1505 or 1506 (Grabhorn Press Bibliography, p. 47). This was the first book illustrated by Valenti Angelo for the Grabhorn Press, a partnership that would continue for many years and produce some of the Grabhorn Press's loveliest books. Angelo (1897-1982), a highly-regarded designer, illuminator, and decorator of books over a career that spanned decades, did much of his early work for the Grabhorn Press and the Book Club of California. He also printed his own books in extremely limited editions under the imprints of "The Golden Cross Press" and "The Press of Valenti Angelo". ___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full limp vellum, black lettering on the spine, tasteful Ex-Libris plate on the front pastedown of Eugene and Mildred Prince (residents of San Francisco per the Ancestry web site during this time), hand-coloured map on the title page, headpiece, tailpiece with printer's device and five decorative initials adapted from contemporary sources by Valenti Angelo; folio size (12" by 8.75"), pagination: (i-x), (1)-28, colophon (29), type Italian Old Style, paper Van Gelder, 250 copies were printed, this being no. 5; original sale price was $14.00. ___CONDITION: Overall near fine, with a strong, square text block, solid hinges, perfectly straight corners with no rubbing, the interior is clean and bright, and other than the bookplate noted above is entirely free of prior owner markings. As noted in the Grabhorn bibliography, this was the first book printed by the Grabhorns which was bound in full vellum, which was purchased at a local tannery; the vellum was improperly seasoned, so some of the bindings have buckled over the years - this volume has that buckling, and the vellum has naturally darkened over time; there is also a very small (less than one-half inch) split to the vellum in the middle of the rear joint and some light rubbing at the head and tail of the spine. Lacking the publisher's slipcase. ___CITATIONS: Grabhorn Bibliography no. 85, BCC 100 no. 26, "Valenti Angelo Author-Illustrator-Printer" p. 39. ___POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply as the standard does not always cover costs; please contact us for details. ___Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.


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    $125.00

    A. M. B. Some Aspects of His Life and Times Begun in Playful Mood for his Entertainment on his 75th Birthday and now Completed for his Sorrowing Friends as a token of Remembrance and Affection by Oscar Lewis (1914-1970)

    San Francisco:: The Grabhorn Press,, 1941. First Edition. Hardcover. Like New/Like New. LIMITED EDITION of 250 copies privately printed by the Grabhorn Press for Samuel I. Wormser printed in handset Goudy Modern on mold made paper. 4to. 11 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches. [viii], (14) pp. Frontispiece portrait of Bender is a reproduction of an etching by Max Pollak, title page and decorations printed in blue and black ink, 2 black-and-white photographic portraits of Bender tipped in, colored cartoon of Albert Bender by Dan Sweeny laid-in inside the rear cover; text clean, unmarked. Quarter beige linen, decorations in blue from foot to head of cloth where the cloth meets the blue paper covers, blue paper over boards, illustration on front cover, printed paper spine label, original plain paper dust-jacket; binding square and tight, some very light fading to the dust-jacket and to the end-papers. Presentation slip of Samuel I. Wormser laid in. Also laid-in is a form letter from the Library of Congress, acknowledging receipt of this book into the Library's collections with the printed signature of Archibald MacLeish, Librarian of Congress. Fine. The text of this volume explores the life and accomplishments of Albert Maurice Bender (1866-1941) by a friend of long-standing. While Lewis remarks that "Not one of the facts here assembled is of the slightest importance to anyone," they do reveal a striking word image of Bender the man, and reveal a very different time from that of the twenty-first century. The frontispiece is a reproduction of an etching of Bender by Max Pollak (1886-1970) a Czech-born American painter and printmaker, one of whose specialties was portraiture; Pollak lived in San Francisco beginning in 1938. Also included is a humorous portrait of "Albert Bender and other benders" signed in the plate by Dan Sweeney (1888-1958), California book and hotel label illustrator, that includes African-American train porters and attendants, which also conveys an era that no longer exists. Do not expect to find a copy of this title in better condition. REFERENCE: Magee and Magee, Bibliography of the Grabhorn Press, 1940-1956, No. 349.


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    $220.00

    Twelve Wood-Block Prints of Kitagawa Utamaro Illustrating the Process of Silk Culture; Reproduced in Facsimile from the Originals in the Collection of Edwin & Irma Grabhorn by Utamaro, Kitagawa; Hiller, Jack (Introduction)

    San Francisco: The Book Club of California, 1965. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. Utamaro, Kitagawa. One of 450 copies, folio size, [36] pp., with prospectus. The Book Club of California's publication for Christmas 1965. Presents the pictures of Kitagawa Utamaro (1783-1806), an eighteenth-century Japanese artist that dealt with the process of silk culture, and the handiwork of women who were responsible for all aspects of making silk. The images together form one continuous composition, and are known as the "Silkworm Series". This is the fourth and final book in the "Grabhorn Japanese Print Series", which are regarded as the "crowning achievement" of the Club's publication program. ___DESCRIPTION: Quarter parchment with green and light-green decorated paper boards, title in gilt to backstrip, title-page in black, green and yellow, opening initial letter of the introductory essay in green and yellow, twelve numbered plates (not included in pagination) in colour; handset Goudy Modern type, machine made paper, folio size (15" by 10"), [i-xiv] [1-22] pp., limited edition, one of 450 copies (unnumbered), with four-page prospectus loosely in. ___CONDITION: A near fine copy, internally bright, covers are clean, text block is straight and tight with solid hinges, and free of prior owner markings; corners and tail of the spine slightly bumped, else a fine copy; prospectus near fine, clean and bright with minimal edgewear. ___CITATION: BCC no. 121; Harlan Grabhorn Bibliography, Volume III, no. 652. ___POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply as the standard shipping charge does not always cover costs; please inquire for details. ___Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB, and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.


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    $50.00

    Catalogue of Some Five Hundred Examples of the Printing of Edwin and Robert Grabhorn, 1917-1960, Two Gentlemen from Indian Now Resident in California by David Bickersteth Magee (1905-1977)

    San Francisco, CA:: Book Shop of David Magee,, 1961. First Edition. Hardcover. Like New. LIMITED EDITION of 250 copies, printed at the Grabhorn Press. 4to. 11 5/8 x 9 inches. (xvi), 63, [3] pp. Frontispiece portrait of Edwin Grabhorn, text printed in red and black, black-and-white photographic illustrations by Marjory Farquhar throughout, index; text clean, unmarked. Beige linen spine, patterned paper over boards, printed paper spine label. Fine. This is one of the hardcover copies that includes the 1961 photographs by Marjory Farquhar, of David Magee's catalogue of the largest grouping of Grabhorn Press books ever assembled for sale. The catalogue did not offer a complete collection of Grabhorn Press items, but it offered a wide variety of titles from a lowly high school annual to some of the most sumptuous publications of the Press.


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    $330.00

    Conrad Gesner, On the Admiration of Mountains. . ., Together With: On Conrad Gesner and The Mountaineering of Theuerdank by Gesner, Conrad; Soule, H. B. D. (Translator); Thorington, J. Monroe; Grover, Dorothy (Initial Letters)

    San Francisco: The Grabhorn Press, 1937. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. One of 325 copies, quarto size, 57 pp. Swiss physician Conrad Gesner (1516-1565) studied botany, theology, and philology, in addition to medicine; an avid naturalist, he aspired to climb mountains yearly or every other year, not only to exercise his body but also to collect samples of various plant species that grew at high altitudes. He writes in a letter to his friend Jacob Avienus, included in this volume, ". . .he is an enemy of nature, whosoever has not deemed lofty mountains to be the most worthy of great contemplation." Gesner is credited with creating the first descriptions of certain animals and plants in Europe, such as the tulip and the brown rat. In addition to Gesner's letter, this publication by the Grabhorn Press includes reproductions of woodcuts by Hans Leonhard Schaufelin (ca. 1480-1540), a German painter and printmaker who worked as an assistant to Albrecht Durer (1471-1528); the woodcuts originally appeared in the 1517 edition of the poem "Theuerdank" by Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I. An essay on Conrad Gesner and mountaineering by J. Monroe Thorington follows the letter to Avienus. ___DESCRIPTION: Quarter tan cloth with tan paper boards with an orange and brown pattern flecked with gold, orange lettering and ornaments on the spine, fore- and bottom edges uncut, title page in red and black, three illustrated initials by Dorothy Grover throughout, eight woodcuts by Hans Leonhard Schaufelin, reproduced from plates in early editions of Theuerdank, throughout; hand-set Italian Old Style type, Van Gelder paper, quarto size (11.5" by 8.25"), pagination: [1-4] 5-14 [15-18] 19-54 [55-56] [1 colophon], one of 325 copies, unnumbered. ___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; age-toning to the free endpapers, a shallow crease to the bottom margins of pages 15 and 16, and some off-setting to the margins of page 36, else fine. ___CITATION: Grabhorn Press Bibliography, no. 273. ___POSTAGE:  International customers, please note that additional postage may apply as the standard does not always cover costs; please inquire for details. ___Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB, and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.


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