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Stanford, California: Stanford University Press, 1976. Hardcover. Near fine/very good. Quarto size, 627 pp. and 125 pp., respectively; main volume with dust jacket, Supplement volume without. An comprehensive and indispensible guide to "books, pamphlets, and other materials dealing with the local history of California communities and regions. First published in 1950 as "California Local History: A Centennial Bibliography", this unique reference has...now been completely revised and enlarged: more than 17,000 items in some 230 libraries are included. The additions consist of items published in 1949-61, earlier publications that were previously omitted, adn the contents of libraries contributing for the first time" (n.b., from the dust jacket front flap). The author, Margaret Miller Rocq, was for many years the Chief Librarian of the Standard Oil Company of California Library, and was also actively involved in the Special Library Association and the California Library Association. ... Read more

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Wilder, Marshall P.

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Boston: Wright & Potter, 1871. Hardcover. Near Fine. Octavo size, 59 pp. Marshall P. Wilder gave the lecture printed in this book "following a visit to California for the examination of its agricultural and horticultural resources" (per Cowan), first to the Boston Mercantile Library Association in 1870; the book contains detailed information on California's climate, plants, topography, and numerous other resources that make California an appealing destination. This, along with numerous other reports of the wonders to be found in California, encouraged thousands to make the then-arduous journey West. This volume is ex-library, with markings on the title page only, and bound in a newer cloth hardcover case. ___DESCRIPTION: Full brown cloth, top edge stained brown, fore- and bottom edges speckled brown; octavo size (9" by 5.75"), pagination: [i-iv] [1] 2-31 [24 blank pages following the text]. ___CONDITION: Volume is near fine, with clean boards, straight corners with no rubb ... Read more

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  • Edition: Limited First Edition
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San Francisco: The Book Club of California, printed by Robert Grabhorn and Andrew Hoyem, 1972. Limited First Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. One of 450 copies, folio size, [155] pp., with original sales invoice. The Book Club of California's 141st publication, and its Christmas book for 1972. The curious misconception that California was an island was recorded by a minimum of 170 maps, in many editions, and continued to 1785 even after the island theory had been disproved. Dr. John Leighly, Professor Emeritus of Geography at the University of California Berkeley, was enlisted by The Book Club to write an essay on the history of California as an island, the cartography of the West Coast of America, and early exploration and navigation of the Pacific Coast. Dr. Leighly's essay is illustrated with reproductions of maps that trace the progression of California from peninsula to island and back again. A thorough bibliographical checklist and historical account unlike any done before, still highly rega ... Read more

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Coolbrith, Ina; Sweeney, Dan (Frontispiece Portrait); Haste, Lawrence B. (Decorations)

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San Francisco: The Book Club of California (printed by John Henry Nash), 1918. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. One of 500 copies, quarto size, 13 pp. Prominent San Francisco poet Ina Coolbrith (1841-1928) delivered this poem for Commencement Day at the University of California, and was the first of its kind to be written by a woman for any university; Coolbrith was active in the San Francisco literary scene, and she was the first Poet Laureate of California, in 1915, a position she held until her death in 1928. Her love for the state of California is apparent in her writing, and this poem expresses her belief "that the Poet of the New World - of the World - was to come out of the West - from California." This volume is beautifully printed by the inimitable John Henry Nash (1871-1947), known for his fine press editions, particularly of local writers and subject matter. ___DESCRIPTION: Quarter natural linen with green paper boards, tan paper spine label with black lettering, fore- a ... Read more

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  • Edition: First Edition
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New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine/near fine. Three volumes, quarto size, 2082 pp. First edition of this three volume set, which "provides a systematic and authoritative examination of the prehistory of every region around the world from the early days of human origins in Africa two million years ago to the beginnings of written history, which in some areas started only two centuries ago. Written by a team of leading international scholars, the volumes include both traditional topics and cutting-edge approaches, such as archaeolinguistics and molecular genetics, and examine the essential questions of human development around the world. The volumes are organised geographically, exploring the evolution of hominins and their expansion from Africa, as well as the formation of states and development in each region of different technologies such as seafaring, metallurgy and food production. The Cambridge World Prehistory reveals a rich and complex history of the wor ... Read more

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The Cambridge History of Medieval Philosophy (Volumes I and II)

Pasnau, Robert (Editor); Van Dyke, Christina (Associate Editor)

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Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Near Fine. Two volumes (complete), octavo size, 1241 total pp. This two-volume set comprises essays on all aspects of mediaeval philosophy, edited by Robert Pasnau, professor of philosophy at University of Colorado, Boulder. The Cambridge University Press is well-known for the quality and rigor of their scholarship; included in this set are "over fifty specially commissioned essays by experts on the philosophy of this period. Starting in the late eighth century, with the renewal of learning some centuries after the fall of the Roman Empire, a sequence of chapters takes the reader through developments in many and varied fields, including logic and language, natural philosophy, ethics, metaphysics, and theology. Close attention is paid to the context of medieval philosophy, with discussions of the rise of the universities and developments in the cultural and linguistic spheres" (n.b., from the web site of the Press). This ... Read more

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Cancionero Sentimental

Tripoli, Vicente; Roux, Raul (Illustrator)

  • Edition: Limited Edition
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(Buenos Aires, Argentina): Francisco A. Colombo, 1958. Limited Edition. Wraps. Near fine/fine. Roux, Raul. Number four of ten printed on Miliani Fabriano, in Spanish, [120] pp., octavo size, signed by the author. A lovely book of poetry (in Spanish), offered as issued in unbound signatures in original wraps, with original glassine wrapper. ***DESCRIPTION: Paper wrappers with glassine jacket, front wrap in red and black, unbound leaves mostly unopened, title-page printed in orange and black, frontis and three plates hand tinted by the artist, Miliani Fabriano paper, octavo size (9.5" by 7"), pagination: [1-6] 7-111 [112-120 colophon and index], limited edition, this number IV of ten copies numbered I to X printed on Miliani Fabriano paper (total edition 20), signed by Vicente Tripoli. ***CONDITION: A bright clean copy, with absolutely no wear and no previous owner marks or foxing, in the original glassine; except for a shallow crease to the spine, this copy is as new. ***POSTAGE: Internat ... Read more

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Candide, or Optimism

Francois Marie Arouet de Voltaire; Anatole Broyard (Introduction); May Neama (Illustrations)

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New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1973. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine/near fine. Neama, May. No. 351 of 1500 copies, quarto size, 141 pp., signed by May Neama, with LEC Monthly Newsletter and Announcement. A master of letters and wit, French writer Francois-Marie Arouet, best known by his pen name Voltaire, wrote on numerous subjects and in numerous forms, often advocating for civil liberties and criticising institutions such as the Catholic Church. "Candide" remains his best known work, a satire critical of the German philosopher Leibniz and his optimism. This publication by the Limited Editions Club is illustrated by May Neama, whose watercolours, though colourful and playful, illuminate the tension in the story as Candide's colourful and optimistic world is shaken and ultimately dismantled as he experiences hardships in the world. ___DESCRIPTION: Quarter white leather with maroon cloth boards, gilt lettering and ornaments inside a white rectangle diagonally across the front and re ... Read more

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Cane

Toomer, Jean; Puryear, Martin (Woodcuts); Litwack, Leon F. (Afterword)

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San Francisco: Arion Press, 2000. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. Puryear, Martin. No. 78 of 400 copies, oblong folio size, [144] pp., signed by Martin Puryear, with the prospectus, invoice, and an invitation from the Grabhorn Institute. "'Cane' is regarded as the highest literary achievement of the Harlem Renaissance and a masterpiece of African-American writing. To call it a novel is misleading, for the book is made up of many parts, by turn fiction, poetry, [and] drama". First published in 1923, "Cane" garnered critical applause but sales were disappointing, causing Toomer to isolate himself. Jean Toomer (1897-1967) wrote several autobiographies, other fiction, drama, poetry, and essays, but published only one other book, "Essentials", a collection of aphorisms, in 1931. With woodcuts by Martin Puryear, a leading American sculptor. Born in Washington, D. C. (as was Toomer), in 1941, Puryear read "Cane" for the first time when he was teaching at F ... Read more

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The Canterbury Tales

Chaucer, Geoffrey; Gill, Eric (Illustrator)

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Waltham Saint Lawrence: Golden Cockerel Press, 1931. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. Gill, Eric. Four volumes, complete, no. 457 of 500 copies, folio size, 773 total pp., with Autumn 1927 and Spring 1928 announcements (serving as prospectus). An astounding edition of Geoffrey Chaucer's (c. 1343-1400) classic work, replete with wood engravings by the inimitable Eric Gill (1882-1940), printed by Robert and Moira Gibbings. A truly significant publication from the Golden Cockerel Press, and demonstrates the skill and creativity characteristic of its output. Gill, along with Robert Gibbings (1889-1958), who owned the Press from 1924 to 1933, illustrated numerous books produced by the Press, and Gill in particular illustrates this edition of Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales" with admirable aplomb. Published after nearly three years of work, with over 150 new wood engravings by Gill, as well as foliated borders on every page and initial capitals printed in colour; the text is from noted Br ... Read more

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  • Edition: Limited Edition
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San Francisco: John Henry Nash, 1918. Limited Edition. Wraps. Near fine. Haste, Lawrence B.. One of 200 copies (unnumbered), folio size, 11 pp. Harold Witter Bynner (1881-1968), poet, was a conscientious objector during WWI and, as alternative service, taught English at the University of California, Berkeley (Cal); when the war ended he was invited to remain in the English Department to teach poetry. This short piece, "A Canticle of Praise", was composed by him to celebrate the end of the war and was performed in the Hearst Greek Theatre before approximately 8,000 people. John Henry Nash, (1871-1947), San Francisco printer extraordinaire, printed the poem "for the joy of the making". A lovely addition to any collection of John Henry Nash. ___DESCRIPTION: Blue-gray paper wraps which were folded once, lettered in blue on the front, hand sewn binding, title page printed in red within blue rules with vignette in black by Lawrence B. Haste, text printed in black and red within blue rule ... Read more

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New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1916. Hardcover. Very Good/Good. Dunn, Harvey and Fischer, Anton Otto. Duodecimo size, 349 pp., signed by Peter B. Kyne. Peter Bernard Kyne, a San Francisco native, was an novelist who wrote in the early half of the twentieth century. Many of his books were made into films, beginning in the silent movie era - in fact, he is credited in 110 films between 1914 and 1952. "Cappy Ricks" is "the story of. . .a man, old Cappy Ricks, and of Matt Peasley, the boy he tried to break because he knew the acid test was good for his soul" (from the dust jacket). This book is not only signed by Kyne but has the unique feature of bearing in his hand a celtic cross design under his signature, with the notation "his mark", dated June 5, 1928, San Francisco. ___DESCRIPTION: Green cloth boards with black lettering (title in reverse) on front and spine, cream endpapers, dust jacket has picture of the two main characters on the front, publisher advertisement on ba ... Read more

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New-York: E. Duyckinck, George Long, printer, 1814. Leather. Good. Volume II ONLY, sixteenmo size, 375 pp. The second volume only of this 1814 publication of Captain James Cook's (1728-1779) voyages in the Pacific Ocean, during the mid- to late eighteenth century. This volume is an account of Cook's encounters with the coasts of Australia and the Hawaiian Islands, as well as his death after his failed attempt to kidnap the ruling chief of the Hawaii, Kalani' pu'u. ___DESCRIPTION: Full brown marbled leather, five gilt rules and red leather spine label with gilt lettering on the spine, frontispiece a copperplate engraving captioned "The Death of Captain Cook."; sixteenmo size (5.75" by 3.5"), pagination: [1-5] 6-375. Volume II ONLY. ___CONDITION: Volume is good only; boards are clean overall with slight soiling, some rubbing to the edges of the boards and to the corners, some loss of the leather at the tail of the spine, some cracking along the front joint and front ... Read more

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Carry On, Letters in Wartime

Dawson, Coningsby; Dawson, W.J. (Introduction and Notes)

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New York: John Lane Company, 1918. Hardcover. Fine. Duodecimo size, 133 pp. Although a reprint, we offer this book for the binding which is simple yet effective. Bound in brown cloth, the front board has a gilt rectangle with gilt lettering and a depiction of a gatling gun, also in gilt; the spine has gilt lettering. Front board is fine with the lettering and decoration in perfect condition, bright and unrubbed; the spine lettering is also unrubbed. The interior is bright and clean, free of prior owner markings. ___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 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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The Case of the Wolf-Man; From the History of an Infantile Neurosis

Freud, Sigmund; Wollheim, Richard (Introduction); Dine, Jim (Artist)

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San Francisco: The Arion Press, 1993. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine. Dine, Jim. No. 129 of 276 copies, quarto size, 117 pp., signed by Jim Dine. "Wolf-Man" was the pseudonym given to Sergei Pankejeff (1886-1979), a Russian aristrocrat and patient of Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), named thus because of a dream Pankejeff had in his childhood, of a tree full of white wolves; the dream would become significant in the development of Freud's theories, particularly of psychosexual development, although Freud's interpretations of the dream have since been criticised for lacking objective evidence as well as for the outcome of Freud's treatment of Pankejeff's mental illness. This Arion Press edition is illustrated by American Pop artist Jim Dine (b. 1935), with etchings and woodcuts that convey the artist's immersion into the character behind the work; Dine writes in the Artist's Statement, "When the Wolf-Man found me, he grabbed me by the back of my thick neck and told me his ... Read more

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The Case of Summerfield (with both DJ and slipcase)

Rhodes, W.H.; Bonner, Geraldine (Introduction)

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San Francisco and New York: Paul Elder & Company [The Tomoye Press] (1907), 1907. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Near Fine. Perrett, Galen J.. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. 68 p. Limited Edition of 1000 copies, unnumbered. Western Classics no. 2, originally published in 1871 in a San Francisco newspaper, this is actually a classic and highly-regarded work of fantasy. Printed by John Henry Nash at the Tomoye Press for Paul Elder and Company. ___DESCRIPTION: Bound in brown laid paper boards with a white parchment shelfback, gilt lettering on the front and spine, top edge gilt, brown laid paper endpapers, brown satin ribbon marker, tissue-guarded frontispiece a photogravure from an oil painting by Galen J. Perrett; 16 mo size (approximately 6.5" tall), pagination: (i-iv) being the preliminary pages, i-vi the introduction, sectional half-title with verso blank, 1-54, blank, colophon; typography designed by John Henry Nash, printed on Fabriano handmade paper. The dust jacket of matc ... Read more

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Casey at the Bat

Thayer, Phineas [Ernest]; Groesbeck, Dan Sayre (Illustrations)

  • Edition: First Edition
  • Book condition: Near fine
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Chicago: A. C. McClurg & Co, 1912. First Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. Groesbeck, Dan Sayre. First separate printing of the poem in book form, duodecimo size, [31] pp. "Casey at the Bat" was an immensely popular baseball poem - indeed, called by some, "the single most famous baseball poem ever" - written in comic verse by Ernest Lawrence "Phin" Thayer (1863-1940), a Harvard graduate and member of the Hasty Pudding society. "Phin", the manner in which he first signed the poem, was a nickname Thayer wrote under during time as a writer for the Harvard Lampoon. The poem was first published in "The San Francisco Examiner" in 1888 and was subsequently included in an anthology of poetry; this is the first time it was printed separately. "Casey" was immensely popular and gained recognition through its many performances, most notably by the comedian William DeWolf Hopper. The poem has inspired a plethora of adaptations for the screen and stage, and ... Read more

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London: Cassell & Company, Limited, 1880. Hardcover. Very good. Four volumes (complete), octavo size, 1604 total pp. This four-volume set contains instructions on how to grow plants in various indoor and outdoor settings, as well as descriptions of various plants, vegetables and flowers alike; each book is filled with detailed wood engravings of the plants and tools used in gardening, to create a thorough reference for both beginners and experts in the field. Each volume also has an elegant frontispiece produced from chromolithrographic plates, showing beautiful illustrations of ornate flowers and gardens. ___DESCRIPTION: Full green cloth, ruled borders and flower illustration in gilt and black with title in gilt on the front board, gilt lettering and flower illustrations in gilt and black on the spine, publisher's device inside black ruled border surrounded by flower illustration on the rear board, bevelled boards, slate grey endpapers, each volume with a chromolithographic frontispiece featur ... Read more

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Castle Richmond; A Novel

Trollope, Anthony

  • Edition: First American Edition, 1st Printing
  • Book condition: Very good +
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New York: Harper & Brothers, 1860. First American Edition, 1st Printing. Hardcover. Very good +. Duodecimo size, 480 pp. Anthony Trollope (1815-1882) has delighted generations with his depictions of 19th-century British life; no one can describe his characters with such precision, allowing us to not only visualize the physical attributes of the various characters but also giving us glimpses of their thoughts, desires, fears, and ambitions. Many of us met Trollope through his "Chronicles of Barsetshire", a "series of books set in the imaginary English county of Barsetshire [which] remains his best loved and most famous work, but he also wrote convincing novels of political life as well as studies that show great psychological penetration. One of his greatest strengths was a steady, consistent vision of the social structures of Victorian England, which he re-created in his books with unusual solidity" (n.b., from the website of Britannica). This novel, "Castle Richmond", wa ... Read more

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The Castle of Otranto; A Gothic Story

Walpole, Horace (Author); Lewis, W. S. (Introduction, Editor)

  • Edition: Limited Edition
  • Book condition: fine
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New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1975. Limited Edition. Hardcover. fine/near fine. Lewis, W. S.. No. 351 of 2000, quarto size, 142 pp., signed by the editor W. S. Lewis. "The Castle of Otranto" was originally written in 1764 as an alleged translation of a mediaeval Italian manuscript; it was the following year when, in the second edition, it was explained that Horace Walpole (1717-1797) was the true author. The novel is regarded as the first gothic novel ever since the second edition was published, when Walpole appended the subtitle "A Gothic Story", spawning a literary genre which now includes authors such as Mary Shelley and Ann Radcliffe, as well as current films, art, music, and even a goth subculture. ___DESCRIPTION: Bound by Tapley-Rutter Company in quarter dark-blue levant leather, stamped in gold, sides of Tumba Ingres yellow paper printed with an all-over pattern in green and blue, illustrated with eighteenth-century watercolours and sepia wash drawings, printed by Meride ... Read more

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