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Labour, Vertue, Glorie. Leaves from the Emblem Books of Gabriel Rollenhagen (1611) and George Wither (1635). Illustrated with Diverse Comments, Historic & Critical, assembled & annotated by Sim. Caelestibus

Simius Caelestibus [pseudonym for Rollin Milroy LIMITED EDITION of 48 copies which were issued in 3 series: Series 1, copies 1-16; Series 2, copies 17-23; and Series 3, copies 24-48, this is copy number 38, with a leaf from both Rollenhagen and Wither, and cased in paper over boards at the Heavenly Monkey Studio. Folio. 12 1/8 x 8 1/16 inches. 63, [4] pp. Half-title with large vignette, title page printed in black and brown inks with a small vignette "Non Plus", table of contents printed within a labyrinth printed in brown (curved rules) and black inks, initial letters printed on page 6 as well as at the head of each chapter and as decorations in the text, 3 original leaves tipped-in, portraits of Rollenhagen and Wither with other illustrations from the original books, tailpieces, 2 volvelles from A Collection of Emblemes printed original size, list of references; text clean, unmarked. Parchment paper spine titled in gilt, patterned paper over boards; binding square and tight. Fine. Millroy's essay is a model for informing the collector about any field of collecting interest; in this case the essay defines an emblem book, shows how the Rollenhagen and Wither editions fit in with the larger tradition of emblem books, gives important biographical information about the authors and publishers, and shows how they fit in with the larger history of early seventeenth-century printing history. In addition, Millroy highlights the unique aspects of Nathaniel Crouch's 1684 edition of Wither's emblems in Delights for the Ingenious - a lottery game accompanied by actual size facsimiles of volvelles used in this seventeenth-century game. Food for the mind, and food for the senses, as Heavenly Monkey has produced its typically sensuous publication printed on Arches Wove papers that is a much a delight to hold as to read.
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Tierra Perfecta, or ?Perfect Land? of the Mission Fathers. Lower California, The Peninsula, Now Open to Colonists [Cover Title]

The International Company of Mexico Single Large Sheet, folded. 35 3/4 x 16 3/4 inches unfolded. [24] pp. Each page 9 1/2 x 6 inches. Seal of the International Company of Mexico on the front cover, 6 black-and-white half-tone photographs, 2 maps; text clean, unmarked. Single sheet of printed tan paper; light soiling to covers, small holes at folds, when closed there is a paper repair at the foot of the spine, pencil notations on front cover. II618-001. Very Good. Barrett notes 2 different states for this promotional broadsheet, which contains 6 illustrations of orange groves, banana plants, olive and oak trees, and 2 maps; one map of the US, and another of northern Baja California. These images do not line up seated with the text on the opposite side, so it would not do to trim the broadsheet. This promotional piece encourages emigration to Baja California, describing agricultural and mining opportunities, and boasting about the city of Ensenada. George H. Sisson was a nineteenth-century American entrepreneur. He was born in Michigan and was an early real estate developer in Chicago. He was a mining engineer in Arizona, and with his profits from the Arizona operation, Sisson purchased a large land concession in Baja California on July 24, 1884 with Luis Huller. This concession extended between 29 degrees north and 32 degrees, 42 minutes north and included Cedros Island. Additional purchases extended their holdings to 13,325,630 acres. In 1885, Sisson and Huller formed the International Company of Mexico in Hartford, Connecticut, with Sisson as general manager. The company was sold to the British Mexican Land and Colonization Company in 1888. These land holdings represented the problems in land distribution during the Porfiriato (1876-1911); related lawsuits continued for years afterward. REFERENCE: Barrett, Baja California, No. 1306.
California: An Historical Poem

California: An Historical Poem

Alfred Robinson (1806-1895) FIRST EDITION of Alfred Robinson's historical poem about California. 8vo. 7 9/16 x 5 3/8 inches. 158 pp. Frontispiece photogravure of Mission Dolores, San Francisco, 1850 with tissue guard, important historical notes at the rear; text clean, unmarked, first 80 pages of the text toned. Gilt-stamped two-toned cloth, top edge gilt, added clear plastic dust-jacket, decorative end-papers; binding square and tight, lightly rubbed. Bookplate of Joseph Gregg Layne on the front paste-down, bookseller's ticket of Dawson's Book Shop, Los Angeles on rear paste-down, with another bookseller's ticket partially removed. SCARCE. Very Good. Robinson dedicates this work to the [Anglo] pioneers of California, and in the Preface remarks that the work is an attempt to delineate and expose the eccentricities of [California as] [ellipses] mere outlines of events, transpiring during the first period of California, under a new and alien system of government. Robinson first lays out the main cultural aspects of the society built on the far frontiers of Spanish empire, and then focusses our attention to the changes wrought in San Francisco, Monterey, Santa Barbara, San Pedro and so on. The notes at the rear names names and provides greater specificity. No one was better suited to write such a poem. "Robinson sailed to Alta California in 1829 in the employ of Bryant, Sturgis and Company, a Boston-based firm in the California hide and tallow trade. He married Anita de la Guerra de Noriega y Carrillo, of the locally prominent de la Guerra family of Santa Barbara. The marriage party is described by Richard Henry Dana, Jr., in Two Years Before the Mast. After the Mexican Cession, and California was annexed by the US in 1848 and became a state in 1850, Robinson worked for the Pacific Mail Steamship Company, and as a land manager during the 1850s through the 1880s. Wikipedia. Publisher: William Doxey (1844-1916) was "born in England and came to America in his twenties. His bookstore, fashionably located on Market Street in San Francisco, was a center of the San Francisco literary scene in the mid-1890s. Today Doxey is best known as the publisher of the famous literary magazine, The Lark." Source: Paul Elder website. PROVENANCE: book plate of Joseph Gregg Layne (1885-1952), a leading authority and bibliographer of Californiana as well as president, and member of the board of directors and editor of the Quarterly for the Historical Society of Southern California. Layne was also an organizer of E Clampus Vitus. REFERENCE: Cowan, A Bibliography of the History of California, Vol. II, p. 536.
Tao Te Ching. Version by Stephen Mitchell

Tao Te Ching. Version by Stephen Mitchell

Lao-Tsu (circa 601-531 BCE) and Stephen Mitchell (b. 1943) translator LIMITED EDITION of 125 copies, this is copy number 48, SIGNED on the colophon by Stephen Mitchell and Norman Clayton, printed letterpress on Crane letter fluorescent white wove paper from photopolymer plates by Norman Clayton of the Providence Press. Small 4to. 7 1/2 x 5 7/8 inches. [vi], (84) pp. Printer's device on copyright page, text clean, unmarked. Hand-bound in printed stiff paper boards by Molly Dedmond and team, color front cover photograph by Burneta Clayton, the hand-binding has an open spine with signature folds visible, sewn with tied green thread; binding square and tight. SIGNED by Stephen Mitchell and Norman Clayton on the colophon. QQ919-001. Fine. It is not for this thoroughly American bookseller to attempt to describe the Tao Te Ching, "one of the most significant treatises in Chinese cosmogony. As with most other ancient Chinese philosophers, Lao-tsu often explains his ideas by way of paradox, analogy, appropriation of ancient sayings, repetition, symmetry, rhyme, and rhythm. The Tao Te Ching describes the Tao as the source and ideal of all existence: it is unseen, but not transcendent, immensely powerful yet supremely humble, being the root of all things. Lao-tsu was an ancient Chinese philosopher and writer. He is the reputed author of the Tao Te Ching, and the founder of philosophical Taoism. Lao-tsu is a semi-legendary figure of the 6th century BCE; his work has been embraced in China by various anti-authoritarian movements and Chinese Legalism." See Wikipedia for further information. Stephen Mitchell is a poet, translator, scholar, and anthologist. His Tao Te Ching: A New English Version, New York, HarperCollins, 1988, is a best-selling title in the United States. The brief preface to this volume states: "The classic manual on the art of living. In eighty-one brief chapters, Lao-tsu's Tao Te Ching, or Book of the Way, provides advice that imparts balance and perspective, a serene and generous spirit, and teaches us how to work for the good with the effortless skill that comes from being in accord with the Tao, the basic principle of the universe."
Republican Nominations: Free Speech

Republican Nominations: Free Speech, Free Press, Free Kansas, Fremont

Ohio Republican Party Broadside. 10 x 3 1/2 inches. [1] pp. At the head of the ticket is a woodcut portrait of Fremont holding an American flag on a mountaintop, the Nominations for president (Fremont) and Vice-President (Caleb Blood Smith (1808-1864) are followed by candidates for 23 offices from 21 Ohio counties and/or Congressional districts; green paper very clean, 2 creases barely noticeable, "Ohio" penciled on the blank verso. MK919-001. Very Good. John Charles Fremont (1813-1890) was an American soldier, explorer, and politician, who was the first candidate of the Republican Party for the office of President of the United States. Fremont lead 5 expeditions into the American West; in 1846 Fremont took control of California during the Mexican-American War. His fourth expedition sought a rail route over the mountains around the 38th parallel in the winter of 1849, which cost ten lives. Fremont settled in California in the early 1850s, and bought cheap land in the Sierra foothills; when gold was discovered on his property, he became a rich man. In 1850, Fremont became on the first 2 U.S. Senators from the state of California. Fremont's final exploring expedition, which was privately funded, occurred between 1853 and 1854, and surveyed a route for a transcontinental railroad. The 1856 Republican National Convention was a turning point in American history. It was the first national convention in the history of the Republican Party, and met from June 17 to 19, 1856 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The issues of the day which led to the organization of the new party included the expansion of slavery in the territories, and the passage of the 1854 Kansas-Nebraska Act. Sparing the details of all the various conventions and committees of early 1856 that preceded the RNC, the convention nominated John C. Fremont by a formal vote of 520 to 47 in a field that included Charles Sumner (1811-1874) and William H. Seward (1801-1872). On the Vice Presidential vote, William Lewis Dayton (1807-1864) won the formal vote with 523 votes cast over the next highest candidate, Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), 523 votes to 20. Other candidates in the Vice Presidential pool included David Wilmot (1814-1868), Charles Sumner, and Cassius Clay (1810-1903), figures who would play leading roles in national politics for the next decade and more. This Republican Party ticket contains a list of 23 candidates from 21 Ohio counties; In the 1856 Presidential Election, Ohio had 23 electors in the Electoral College. The only states with higher numbers of electors were Pennsylvania with 27, and New York with 35. Ohio was an important battlefield state where the Free-Soilers, Know-Nothings, and former Whigs realigned to form the Republican Party.
Somebody Had to Do Something. A Memorial to James Phillips Lardner. By Ernest Hemingway

Somebody Had to Do Something. A Memorial to James Phillips Lardner. By Ernest Hemingway, Ring Lardner, Jr., Jay Allen, Don Jesus Hernandez, El Campesino, Dolores Ibarruri, Vincent Sheean and Drawings by Castelao

James Lardner Memorial Fund LIMITED EDITION of 500 copies. 8vo. 9 1/2 x 6 1/4 inches. x, (42) pp. Frontispiece and 9 illustrations in the text by Castelao [including a portrait of James Phillips Lardner (1914-1938)]; text clean, unmarked. Brown printed wrappers titled and with an illustration in red on the front cover; binding square and tight, extremities chipped, spine with some loss. The book itself is now protected with a stiff mylar jacket and housed in a brown-cloth-covered drop-back box with a foam core insert to hold the book. On top of that is laid a typed letter SIGNED by Will Rogers, Jr., Chairman of the James Lardner Memorial Fund on Memorial Fund letterhead, and dated May 18, 1939. The letter is addressed to Lillian Hellman, and folded in half for mailing, and now preserved in a mylar sleeve. 07312019-001. A Good copy of a SCARCE item. This book, published in Los Angeles by the Plantin Press, is accompanied by a letter from Will Rogers, Jr. (1911-1993), the eldest son of humorist Will Rogers (1879-1935), an American politician, writer, and newspaper publisher. Will Rogers, Jr. was a Democratic United States Representative from California from January 3, 1943 until May 23, 1944. At the time this letter was written, Rogers was Chairman of the James Lardner Memorial Fund, which was formed to aid in returning home Americans who had served in the Abraham Lincoln Brigade during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) and who were in Spanish prisons and French concentration camps, and to care for maimed and disabled veterans who had made it back to the United States. Ring Lardner, Jr. was Vice-Chairman; Sponsors included James Cagney, Ernest Hemingway, Langston Hughes, Andre Malraux, Carey McWilliams, and Dorothy Parker, among others, as listed on the letterhead. The contents of this volume include: Ernest Hemingway, "On the American Dead in Spain;" Ring Lardner Jr., "The Life and Death of James Lardner;" Jay Allen, "Blood Flows in Badajoz;" Don Jesus Hernandez, "Speech to the Italian Prisoners;" Valentin Gonzalez El Campesino, "Letter to a Child;" Dolores Ibarruri, "Goodby, Brothers, Till Our Speedy Reunion;" and Vincent Sheean, "Puigcerda." Illustrations are by Alfonso Daniel Rodriguez Castelao (1886-1950) a Galician politician, writer, painter, and doctor. Castelao was one of the fathers of Galician nationalism and was one of the main names behind the cultural movement Xeracion Nos. In 1939, he was an exile in the United States, Cuba, and the Soviet Union as a representative of the Republican Government of Spain. 500 copies of the book were distributed at no charge in the hopes that a check would be sent in return to support the programs of the James Lardner Memorial Fund. PROVENANCE: from the personal collection of Lillian Florence Hellman (1905-1984), the American dramatist and screenwriter known for her success as a playwright on Broadway as well as her left-wing sympathies and political activism. As a playwright, Hellman had many successes on Broadway including "Watch on the Rhine" and the semi-autobiographical play "The Little Foxes." The later was adapted into a screenplay, which starred Bette Davis and received an Academy Award nomination in 1942. Hellman was blacklisted by the American film industry after she appeared before the House Committee on Un-American Activities in 1952. REFERENCES: Harmsen and Tabor, The Plantin Press, No. 26; biographical notes from Wikipedia.
Short Essays

Short Essays

Francis Bacon (1561-1626), et al LIMITED EDITION of 125 copies, this is Number 60, handset at the Hill Press, with wood engravings by Gaylord Schaniles printed from the blocks, printed on damped laid Lana paper, bound by Campbell-Logan Bindery, SIGNED by the printer and engraver, Stephen Heaver, and Gaylord Schanilec on the colophon. 4to. 10 3/8 x 7 1/2 inches. [vi], (74) pp. Title page, frontispiece printed in green ink with a ruled border, 9 wood engravings in green by Gaylord Schanilec, tailpieces of typographic ornaments, 6 end-notes by Douglass S. Mead, list of subscribers on the colophon, printed on laid paper; text clean, unmarked. Dark green cloth spine, printed paper top cover and spine labels, slate-green end-papers; binding square and tight. SIGNED on the colophon by Stephen Heaver, includes the original prospectus with a short note from Heaver on a slip of onion skin paper, and INSCRIBED by Heaver on front fly-leaf "October 2003, Best wishes from one hand press printer to another." Ex libris Rollin Millroy. MR819-006. Fine. This lovely production includes the title page (where a half-title is expected) and a frontispiece after the title leaf with the following sub-title: "Provocative and philosophical essays from the seventeenth and eighteenth and nineteenth centuries written by Bacon, Swift, Fuller, Johnson, Paine, Ruskin, Thoreau, et al." The 9 essays here are: Francis Bacon, "What is Truth;" Thomas Fuller (1608-1661), "The Good Schoolmaster, 1642;" Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), "On the English Government, c. 1720;" Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), "The Stage Coach, 1753;" Thomas Paine (1737-1809), "Of Society and Civilization, 1791;" Charles Lamb (1775-1834), "Old China, 1828;" Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), "Sounds, circa 1845;" John Ruskin (1819-1900), "The Dark Mirror, 1860;" and Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-1895), "A Liberal Education, 1870." Wikipedia. Worldcat records 5 copies.
The Raven and Berenice

The Raven and Berenice

Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) LIMITED EDITION of 60 copies, this is No. 35, printed at the Hill Press with the assistance of Paul Race, wood engravings executed by Sandy Connors of The Honeybee Press, handset in Cloister Old Style types, printed on dampened Velke Losiny rag paper on a Washington Press, this is one of 10 copies bound in tan leather at the Florentine Bookbindery, SIGNED by the printer, Stephen Heaver, Jr., on the colophon. 8vo. 9 x 6 13/16 inches. [viii], 27, [5] pp. Half-title, title page printed in blue and black inks with typographic ornaments, 2 wood engravings by Sandy Connors, Introduction by David O. Tomlinson of the United States Naval Academy, list of subscribers, tailpieces, printed on laid paper; text clean, unmarked. Blind- and gilt-stamped brown leather; binding square and tight. SIGNED on the colophon by Stephen Heaver. MR819-005. Fine. "Maybe Steve Heaver's best publication," Rollin Millroy. Contains Edgar Allan Poe's best-known works, the poem, The Raven and the short story, Berenice, which was first published in the Southern Literary Messenger in 1835. "Edgar Allan Poe was an American writer, editor, and literary critic. He is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre. Poe is widely regarded as a central figure of Romanticism in the United States, and of American literature as a whole, and he was one of the country's earliest practitioners of the short story." Wikipedia. Worldcat records 5 copies.
California: A History of Upper and Lower California from their First Discovery to the Present Time

California: A History of Upper and Lower California from their First Discovery to the Present Time

Alexander Forbes (1778-1862) REPRINT EDITION LIMITED to 250 copies, this is copy No. 204, SIGNED by the publisher, Thomas C. Russell, who also notes on the limitation page that the plates are hand-colored, also includes a copper-engraved lithographed map, a forward, and a new index. Tall 8vo. 10 1/2 x 7 1/4inches. 10a, xvi, 372 pp. Half-title, color frontispiece of Father Peyri is one of 10 engraved color plates, 1 woodcut in the text, updated index, folding map of California highlighted in colors at the rear; text clean, the folding map at the rear has a 4-inch tear starting at the hinge and extends into the image without loss. Natural linen spine, green cloth over boards, printed paper spine label, green paper dust-jacket with printed paper spine label in archival mylar, top edge gilt, green end-papers, an additional printed paper spine label mounted at the rear; binding square and tight, very minor toning to jacket. SIGNED by Thomas C. Russell on the limitation page. GOLA819-001. SCARCE. Fine. Alexander Forbes was a nineteenth-century Scottish merchant, explorer, and author. His book, California: A History of Upper and Lower California, published in 1839, is perhaps the first full account in English of California. After growing up in Banffshire and Aberdeenshire, Forbes emigrated to Tepic, Mexico where he was a merchant. He is also noted as British consul to Mexico. At the time Forbes wrote this book, California was a province of Mexico. Forbes drew upon the accounts of the Franciscan Padres as well as accounts by other agents, including southern California cattleman and landowner Abel Stearns. Forbes' work contains extensive descriptions of Mexican California, including accounts of California's agriculture and landscape. Forbes advocated that Great Britain take control of California, suggesting that the territory be ceded to the UK in return for forgiving Mexico's debt to the British government. Part II, Upper California, begins at page 79. Alexander Forbes was involved in Barron, Forbes & Co., a firm that purchased the New Almaden Quicksilver Mines in Santa Clara County. Ownership of the land was ultimately heard by the United States Supreme Court which split the land between Barron, Forbes & Co. and another claimant in 1862, the year of Forbes' death. In 1864, the Quicksilver Mining Company bought the entire operation. See: Wikipedia. "The changes of time and subsequent history have not disturbed the value of this work, for it is still considered as one of the most important upon the subject." Cowan and Cowan. "Forbes' California has always been considered reliable and accurate." J. Gregg Layne in the Zamorano 80. PUBLISHER: Thomas Chalmers Russell (d. 1931) was an important San Francisco publisher who kept classics of California history in print for the public. REFERENCES for the first editions: Cowan and Cowan, A Bibliography of the History of California, p. 217; Howes, U.S.iana, F242; Storm, Graff Collection, 1377; Zamorano 80, No. 38.
Hittell's Hand-Book of Pacific Coast Travel

Hittell’s Hand-Book of Pacific Coast Travel

John Shertzer Hittell (1825-1901) THIRD EDITION. 12mo. 6 3/4 x 4 13/16 inches. 263, [1 blank] pp. 2 folding engraved maps: "Bancroft's Map of California and Nevada, 1887," and "Bancroft's Map of Washington Territory and Oregon, 1887," woodcuts throughout, tables, folding engraved "Life at Pacific Grove, Monterey California, Mid-Winter Scenes at Pacific Grove Retreat" and with engraved contemporary ads on the verso [6 panels] tipped-in opposite blank page [264]; text unmarked, fore-edge of title page a bit crumpled (as is often the case) due to the folding map, 1 1/2 inch tear where Washington and Oregon map attached. Gilt- and black-stamped green cloth; binding square and tight, light rubbing, corners bumped and this affects the top corners of the text block pages 1-48, but not the text. Copy of Roy Hill, San Francisco, with his discrete rubber stamps on the front and rear free end-papers and the versos of the folding maps. SBC219-003. Near Fine. John Shertzer Hittell's guide book for travel in the Pacific Coast States was first issued by Bancroft and Company in 1885 with the title Bancroft's Pacific Coast Guide Book, and re-appeared in 1885 and 1887. On the front cover is stamped "A Manual of Information for Health and Pleasure Seekers." This volume is a comprehensive guide to the activities, resorts, and destinations of California, what to do while there, and how to get there. John S. Hittell, California advocate, historian, and journalist, was born in Jonestown, PA and came to the Golden State in 1843. REFERENCE: Cowan and Cowan, A Bibliography of the History of California, p. 283 (1885 ed.).
A Commonplace Book of Cookery. A Collection of Proverbs

A Commonplace Book of Cookery. A Collection of Proverbs, Anecdotes, Opinions and Obscure Facts on Food, Drink, Cooks, Cooking, Dining, Diners & Dieters, Dating from Ancient Times to the Present. With a Preface by M. F. K. Fisher

Robert Grabhorn (1900-1973), compiler FIRST EDITION, LIMITED to 425 copies. 8vo. 9 1/2 x 6 inches. [ii], viii, 175, [1] pp. Printed in black ink within a blue decorative border, with food-themed typographic ornaments throughout in terra cotta; text clean, unmarked. Blue cloth spine, decorative paper over boards, printed paper spine label; binding square and tight, some minor chips and or freckling to the paper sides and spine label, else fine. PM1119-002. Very Good. A far-ranging book of quotations regarding food, from Shakespeare to whoever struck Robert Grabhorn's fancy, all dressed up beautifully in the best work of which the Arion Press was capable in their second publication. From M. F. K. Fisher's Preface: "Robert Grabhorn began his clipping early and during his lifetime collected at least eight volumes of quotations on printing alone. He was about thirty, though, and well along in his rich life, before he began to pluck gastronomical crumbs from off and from under the tables of the great, sub-great, superficial wits and thinkers of History, and he did not stop this delicious habit until a few days before he died. It probably began when his elder brother and printing partner Edwin sent him to Europe for a year, in 1923-1924. Of course he studied bookbinding and observed presses and such-like there, but he also worked diligently at the arts of eating and drinking. Then, back in America, he married the 'brilliant and outrageous' Jane, with whom he zealously continued his full curriculum. She undoubtedly whetted his fever for collecting quotations that could stimulate or amuse or even irritate him (which is what most commonplace books are for, of course)."
The Fifth Catalogue: being a List of Some Modern First Editions and Examples of Modern Fine Printing

The Fifth Catalogue: being a List of Some Modern First Editions and Examples of Modern Fine Printing

Jacob Israel Zeitlin (1902-1987) Lot of 4 Book Seller Catalogs. This lot of 4 bookseller catalogs includes Catalogs Numbers 5, 9, 10 and 200 from Jake Zeitlin's variously eponymous book shops in Los Angeles from 1930 to 1962 (3 from the 1930s). 8vo. 7 1/2 x 5 1/4 inches. [46] pp. Preface by Jake Zeitlin, text clean, unmarked. Printed paper wrappers with red ink on title page, stapled together; tanned around cover edges. Very Good. WITH: Books Great & Small, including many fine association items, books illustrated by Blake, Rowlandson and such; rare first editions viz., Brown's Religio Medici, Locke's Concerning Humane Understanding; Aldine, Doves and Ashendene Press Master works and early Mexicana and Americana. Catalogue IX. Los Angeles: Jake Zeitlin Books, [1934]. 8vo. 9 1/10 x 6 1/10 inches. [2], 39, [1] pp. Printed in red and black inks, printer's device on cover, foreword by Jake Zeitlin, reprinted original manuscript map of California on rear cover, text clean, unmarked. Printed wrappers in black and red inks with Zeitlin's grasshopper logo by Paul Landacre in red on the front cover, stapled; tanned around cover edges. Very Good. WITH: Catalogue X. Los Angeles: Jake Zeitlin Books, 1934. 8vo. 8 x 5 3/4 inches. [3], (28) pp. Note about items listed, preface by Hugh Walpole, advertisement, list of "interesting last minute arrivals;" text clean, unmarked. Printed paper wrappers with Zeitlin's grasshopper logo designed by Paul Landacre in green on the front cover; lightly tanned. Very Good. WITH: Outstanding Rare Books, Prints, Manuscripts in the Physical Sciences together with Medicine, Geology, Botany 1962: Catalogue 200. Los Angeles: Zeitlin & Ver Brugge, Booksellers, 1962. 8vo. 8 3/4 x 5 9/10 inches. [iv], 164, [2] pp. Frontispiece facsimile plate from Vesalius, "Tribute to a Bibliographer" by Jake Zeitlin regarding Jon Baker Lee (1907-1961), monochrome facsimile prints and plates throughout; text clean, unmarked. XXX. White pictorial wrappers; light toning, light soiling along edges of text block. Very Good. Muir Dawson's copies without distinguishing marks. SFK519-002. The lot: Very Good. Catalog 5 was prepared by Marjorie Butler and William Blaine Wootten, with typography designed by Mr. Wootten. Christmas Catalogue IX was prepared by Eugene F. Hoy, the shop's reference and research expert in 1934. Designed by Ward Ritchie and printed by Arthur Whipple. Catalogue X devised and written, "for the most part," by Thomas Perry Stricker and printed by Fred S. Lang in Los Angeles. Catalogue 200 contains a Tribute by Jake Zeitlin to John Baker Lee who received a BA from Stanford University in 1930, and MBA from Harvard, 1932, and a Library Degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 1938, and went on to a 20-year career as a bibliographer at Zeitlin's book shops in Los Angeles.
Philosopher Pickett: The life and writings of Charles Edward Pickett

Philosopher Pickett: The life and writings of Charles Edward Pickett, Esq., of Virginia, Who Came Overland to the Pacific Coast in 1842-43 and for Forty Years Waged War with Pen and Pamphlet against All Manner of Public Abuses in Oregon and California; Including also Unpublished Letters Written by Him from Yerba Buena at the Time of the Conquest of California by the United States in 1846-47

Lawrence Clark Powell (1906-2001) FIRST EDITION of Powell's biography of Charles Edward Pickett (1820-1882). 8vo. 7 9/10 x 5 1/4 inches. (vi), xv, 178 pp. Half-title, frontispiece facsimile of the Flumgudgeon Gazette, title page in red and black inks, preface, three facsimile illustrations, 8 unpublished Pickett letters, bibliography of Pickett "repertory," bibliography, index; text clean, unmarked. Red cloth, spine titled in gilt, dust-jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight. Muir Dawson's copy without distinguishing marks. SFK519-037. Fine. Pickett published the first-ever newspaper on the Pacific Coast, a manuscript newspaper called the Flumgudgeon Gazette. Pickett was known for his political pamphleteering, being the West's first reformer against capitalist exploitation. Powell's narrative is based on every known pamphlet, letter, and writing from Pickett. Also included are eight previously unpublished letters from Pickett and a bibliography of all known works. "No student of California history, nor collector of Californiana, can afford to be without this volume." Layne. REFERENCE: J. Gregg Layne, The Quarterly: Historical Society of California, vol. 24, no. 1, p. 1942.