San Francisco, 1940. 5 1/2 x 9. 47, (2) leaves printed recto only with a tipped-in colored illustration. Cloth-backed pattern paper boards. Fine copy of the first Allen Press book. Item #18612
First edition. One of 100 numbered copies. Printed in Piranesi type in black, brown and green on Maidstone, an English handmade paper.
This was very much a family effort. Lewis and Dorothy printed on the C&P table-top Pilot press given to them by Lewis' father, who was the author of the text documenting places he had visited and was enchanted by. The water color illustration was by William Gaston, a noted artist who was Lewis' brother-in-law. The edition was given to friends and other printers one of whom was John Henry Nash. Nash enjoyed the text but told the Allens that the Piranesi type belonged in the deepest part of San Francisco bay; and such was its fate!