San Francisco: Grabhorn Press, 1940. 10 x 14). xv, (4), 194 pages + 8 pages of reproductions + 4 bifolia of original leaves. Laid in are 2 prepublication pieces and 10 extra original leaves. Prior owner has placed a light pencil check next to the many titles he owned. Despite this sign of use, the book is in fine condition. Quarter tan calf & linen boards, with just a hint of rubbing to the raised bands. A beautiful copy. Item #18313
"Not only will this be one of the finest books that the Grabhorn Press has ever printed, but it will be without doubt the most beautiful bibliography ever printed in America." That's from the prepublication announcement laid into this copy. Also laid in by the collector, is the 1939 folder entitled "Type Specimen Only/For the Grabhorn Press Bibliography...." This is a bifolium with pages 3 and 4 of the bibliography. The collector has also laid in 10 leaves or double leaves: "Robyn Hode" has 8 pages printed on one sheet, folded, with hand colored woodcut; Red Badge of Courage has the title page & colophon; some are lithographic illustrations. There's even a 4-page work, "Best Thing in Edinburgh" (1923) which the bibliography lists--and says it did not print!
One of 210 copies. Printed in Goudy Franciscan type on handmade Canson & Montgolfier paper, in color throughout. The original leaves bound into this volume are 4-page signatures from Maundeville, Cabeca de Vaca, Leaves of Grass, and Sante Fe Trail.
"Singly and together, the Grabhorn bibliographies are a typographic monument...." A Century for the Century 42.