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California as an Island: An Illustrated Essay...; With Twenty-five Plates & a Bibliographical...
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California as an Island: An Illustrated Essay...; With Twenty-five Plates & a Bibliographical Checklist of Maps showing California as an Island

by Leighly, John

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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… Read more
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California

by 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. An early example of a Book Club of California Publication, whose first publication was done only four years prior, in 1914.… Read more
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A California Gold Rush Miscellany; Comprising:  the Original Journal of Alexander Barrington,...
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A California Gold Rush Miscellany; Comprising: the Original Journal of Alexander Barrington, Nine Unpublished Letters from the Gold Mines, Reproductions of Early Maps and Towns from California Lithographs; Broadsides, etc. etc.

by Barrington, Alexander; Grabhorn, Jane Bissell (Editor); Parker, Arvilla (Initials)

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San Francisco: The Grabhorn Press, 1934. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Very good +. Parker, Arvilla. One of 550 copies, unnumbered, Second Series of Rare Americana, No. 4, quarto size, 60 pp. This collection of miscellany was carefully selected to give an honest and authentic viewpoint of the early mining days in California from the perspective of the average man, unprepossessing and more often than not, unsuccessful. Published by the Grabhorn Press, one of the most highly renowned private presses in America in the twentieth century, run by brothers Edwin and Robert Grabhorn; the material for this book was culled from their collection. ___DESCRIPTION: Bound in burgundy paper boards with gold lettering and decorative border on front and back, burgundy cloth spine with burgundy paper label with gold lettering, title printed in black and brown, eleven brown illustrated initials designed by Arvilla Parker, frontispiece and two full-page lithographs reproduced in colour, fifteen other reproductions of… Read more
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California

by 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 rubbing, a strong, square text… Read more
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The Cambridge University Press 1696-1712, A Bibliographical Study, Volumes I and II
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The Cambridge University Press 1696-1712, A Bibliographical Study, Volumes I and II

by McKenzie, D. F.

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Cambridge: The Cambridge University Press, 1966. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine/near fine. Two volumes (complete), quarto size, 842 pp., with (unsigned) note by the author. The Cambridge University Press began in 1534 when it was granted letters patent by King Henry VIII, and since then the publishing house, part of Cambridge University, has printed titles from numerous authors ranging from John Milton and Isaac Newton to Noam Chomsky and Stephen Hawking. This bibliography of the Press includes publications from 1696 to 1712, and also details the financial side of the business, with many facsimiles of material printed by the Press; the set forms an extensive picture of just a small part of the work produced by the world's oldest publishing house.Loosely laid into the book is a small single sheet "With the compliments of D.F. McKenzie" printed at the top, and a short note in manuscript beneath, "And with renewed Thanks for a most enjoyable morning last January". This obviously a note from the… Read more
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The Cambridge History of Western Textiles
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The Cambridge History of Western Textiles

by Jenkins, David (Editor)

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(Cambridge, United Kingdom): Cambridge University Press, 2003. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine/fine. Two volumes (complete) in a slipcase, quarto size, 1275 pp. "Textiles have been essential to the everyday lives of all societies. Besides helping to provide protection and warmth, they have fulfilled social, cultural, military, legal and symbolic functions, and have been an essential part of the economic activity of societies from ancient times. [This work] brings together and extends current knowledge on the production and uses of textiles, through the eyes of archaeologists, economic and social historians, historians of fashion and the history of dress and museum curators familiar with surviving artefacts...." (n.b., from introduction). The editor, David Jenkins, lectures internationally and has published "widely" on the history of textiles, with a focus on the wool textile industry. ___DESCRIPTION: Both volumes bound in full evergreen cloth, gilt lettering and the Press device on the spines,… Read more
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The Cambridge World Prehistory  (Three Volumes, Complete); Africa, South and Southeast Asia and...
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The Cambridge World Prehistory (Three Volumes, Complete); Africa, South and Southeast Asia and the Pacific; East Asia and the Americas; West and Central Asia and Europe

by Renfrew, Colin (Editor); Bahn, Paul G. (Editor)

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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… Read more
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Can Such Things Be
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Can Such Things Be

by Bierce, Ambrose

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New York: Cassell Publishing Co, 1893. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good +. First printing in book form, duodecimo size, 324 pp. Ambrose Gwinnet Bierce (1842-ca. 1914), a solider by training and profession between 1861 and 1865, serving in the Union army during the Civil War, became one of the leading literary figures of the late 19th century. While some credit his fame to his mysterious disappearance in 1914, after crossing the border into Mexico to observe Pancho Villa's revolution, that view does not do him justice.Subsequent to resigning from the Union army as a major due to battle wounds, he worked briefly at the Treasury Department and then accepted an invitation to join a mapping expedition through what is now the Dakotas, Montana, Utah, and Nevada. He left the expedition in San Francisco and, within a short time, began to publish both fiction and jouranlistic commentary to the many periodicals of the day, including the Overland Monthly, the Argonaut, the Wasp, and the San Francisco… Read more
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Cancionero Sentimental
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Cancionero Sentimental

by Tripoli, Vicente; Roux, Raul (Illustrator)

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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: International… Read more
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Candide, or, All For the Best (Parts I and II)
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Candide, or, All For the Best (Parts I and II)

by Voltaire de, M. [Francois-Marie Arouet]; Tice, Clara (Etchings)

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New York: The Bennett Libraries Inc, 1927. Limited Edition. Leather bound. Near Fine. Tice, Clara. No. 89 of 250 special copies, octavo size, 189 pp. Clara Tice (1888-1973), avante-garde illustrator and artist, spent most of her life in New York City; due to her provocative art she was seen as representative of bohemian Greenwich Village. Her fame actually increased when the Society for the Suppression of Vice (remember, this was 1915) tried to confiscate her art; this naturally drew more attention to her art which was thereafter published in works such as Vanity Fair. Looking at the etchings in this book might cause comment even today; they lavishly celebrate the feminine figure and are rampant with sexual innuendo. This one of the 250 special edition copies, bound in full morocco by Whitman Bennett, N.Y., and printed on special deckle-edge Pannekoek paper. The text, according to the title page, an exact copy of the "Earliest English Text Printed in Holland by Joh. Enschede en Zonen".… Read more
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Candide, or Optimism
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Candide, or Optimism

by 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 rear boards,… Read more
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A Canticle of Praise; First Delivered in the Greek Theatre at the University of California,...
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A Canticle of Praise; First Delivered in the Greek Theatre at the University of California, Berkeley, Sunday, December First and now Imprinted for the Joy of the Making by John Henry Nash

by Bynner, Witter; Haste, Lawrence B. (Illustrator)

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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 designs, Roman… Read more
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Captain Cook's Three Voyages to the Pacific Ocean (Vol. II ONLY); The First Performed in the...
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Captain Cook's Three Voyages to the Pacific Ocean (Vol. II ONLY); The First Performed in the Years 1768, 1769, 1770, & 1771; The Second in 1772, 1773, 1774, & 1775; the Third and Last in 1776, 1777, 1778, 1779, & 1780. Faithfully abridged from the Quarto Edition..

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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 hinge is loose, and the rear… Read more
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The Case of Summerfield
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The Case of Summerfield

by 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.. SIxmo size, 68 pp., with dust jacket and original slipcase. 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; sixmo 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… Read more
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Castle Richmond; A Novel

by Trollope, Anthony

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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", was the third of five novels… Read more
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The Cat and the Moon and Certain Poems
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The Cat and the Moon and Certain Poems

by Yeats, W.B.

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Merrion Square, Dublin, Irland: The Cuala Press [Elizabeth Corbet Yeats], 1924. First and Limited Edition. Hardcover. Near fine/poor. First printing of this collection, one of 500 copies, octavo size, 51 pp., signed by Yeats. William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) is acknowledged by many as "supreme among modern Irish poets". He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1923 (the first Irish to be so recognized), at which time he was "one of Dublin's great established figures, both in his own right and as the representative of the cultural renaissance which...had set in motion the Irish revolution and war of independence." Throughout his life, and throughout his poetry - which is still read and loved today - Yeats is recognized as supremely Irish, with his life and poetry reflective of his Irish identity. This book of mostly poems, as well as a short, one-act play "The Cat and the Moon", was dedicated to Lady Gregory (Isabella Augusta, Lady Gregory (1852-1932)) who, with Yeats and Edward Martyn,… Read more
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Catalogue of Some Five Hundred Examples of the Printing of Edwin and Robert Grabhorn, 1917-1960;...
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Catalogue of Some Five Hundred Examples of the Printing of Edwin and Robert Grabhorn, 1917-1960; Two Gentlemen From Indiana Now Resident in California

by Magee, David; Farquhar, Marjory (Photographer)

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San Francisco: Book Shop of David Magee [The Grabhorn Press], 1961. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine. One of 250 copies, unnumbered, quarto size, 91 pp. A catalogue of The Grabhorn Press, serving as an example of the work printed at the shop. This catalogue also provides insight into the workings of the shop and an account of how the Grabhorns set up the press. Edwin and Robert Grabhorn were master printers, creating beautiful and elegent books in their print shop in San Francisco during the first half of the twentieth century.___DESCRIPTION: Quarter tan cloth with gold decorative paper covered boards, paper spine label with black lettering and red decorations, fore- and bottom edges uncut, frontispiece of Edwin Grabhorn in 1937 in his printshop, photographs throughout of the Grabhorns in the shop, including Jane and Mary Grabhorn and Sherwood Grover; quarto size (11.5" by 9"), pagination: [i-iv] v-xv [xvi-xvii] 1-63 [1 colophon], one of 250 copies, of which 225 are for sale.___CONDITION:… Read more
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Cathay, Poems After Li Po
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Cathay, Poems After Li Po

by Pound, Ezra; Clemente, Francesco (Artist)

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New York: The Limited Editions Club [Printed at Horton Tank Graphics], 1992. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine. Clemente, Francesco. Number 269 of 300 copies, quarto size, 41 pp., signed by Francesco Clemente, with LEC Monthly Newsletter. Ezra Weston Loomis Pound (1885-1972) was a major figure in the early modernist movement; his early poetry was devoted to the development of Imagism, a movement derived from classical Chinese and Japanese poetry, stressing clarity, precision and economy of language. Of this work, "Cathay", Chinese critic Wai-lim Yip writes: "One can easily excommunicate Pound from the Forbidden City of Chinese studies, but it seems clear that in his dealings with Cathay, even when he is given only the barest details, he is able to get into the central concerns of the original author by what we may perhaps call a kind of clairvoyance" (n. b., above info from Wikipedia). ___DESCRIPTION: Full light blue-grey linen, embossed decoration on the front board, all text pages french… Read more
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Cautionary Tales for Children; Designed for the Admonition of Children between the ages of eight...
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Cautionary Tales for Children; Designed for the Admonition of Children between the ages of eight and fourteen years

by Belloc, H[ilaire]; B. T. B. [Lord Basil Temple Blackwood] (Illustrations)

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London: Eveleigh Nash, 1907. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. B. T. B. [Lord Basil Temple Blackwood]. First printing, octavo size, 80 pp. This collection of verses, intended as a parody of cautionary tales written for children, was written by Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953), a prolific writer and poet as well as an avid sailor; he composed many poems of both comic and serious nature, and he would often collaborate with the noted writer G. K. Chesterton. Belloc wrote several volumes of children's poetry, often for the purpose of parody and humour, and these works brought him commercial success and acclaim."Cautionary Tales" is illustrated by Belloc's friend and frequent collaborator Lord Basil Temple Blackwood (1870-1917), styled here as "B. T. B."; Blackwood's illustrations have a simplicity of style and capture the comic tone of the poems.___DESCRIPTION: Full dove-grey paper, red lettering and black line drawing by Blackwood on the front board, title page with black line drawing of a lion… Read more
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Cawdor; and Other Poems
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Cawdor; and Other Poems

by Jeffers, Robinson

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New York: Horace Liveright, 1928. First and Limited Edition. Hardcover. Near fine/very good. First printing, no. 65 of 375 copies, octavo size, 160 pp., signed by Robinson Jeffers, with glassine and slipcase. American poet Robinson Jeffers (1887-1962) was a prolific writer of the twentieth century; his bleak and uncompromising style of poetry was formed through his philosophy of "inhumanism", which focused on a rejection of emotion and man, in favour of nature and other creatures in the universe. This the first printed appearance of the poem "Cawdor", which Jeffers described thus: "The events of the principal poem in this book...may be thought of as being already ancient history on this future-ridden coast; they end under the comet of 1910. I think of 'Cawdor' as making a third with 'Tamar' and 'The Woman at Point Sur'; but as if in 'Tamar' human affairs had been seen looking westward, against the ocean; in 'Point Sur' looking upward, minimized to ridicule against the stars; in 'Cawdor' looking… Read more
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