Bianchi, Daniel B.
Some Recollections of the Merrymount Press.
George L. Harding & Roger Levenson, Berkeley: 1976
7.25" x 4.25". 26pp. Black cloth with gilt lettering and cover device. Top edge a bit soiled, else near fine condition. limited edition, one of only 100 copies. Printed at the Tamalpais Press. With two forwords by the publishers.
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