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A Ladies Dozen and a Gentleman: Early California Children’s Books 1853-1913

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Annual Keepsake Series

Victoria Dailey, 2009.

Books for children flowered during the 19th century, when Victorian society began to encourage the education and imagination of its youngest members.

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Price: $20.00

A Memoir of Book Design, 1969-2000

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By Joseph J. D’Ambrosio, 2003.

A pre-eminent “artist working in the book medium,” Joseph J. D’Ambrosio has painstakingly recorded the processes by which he has created his groundbreaking works–noting his false starts and failures as well as his successes. He analyzes his motives behind the inventive structures and designs so highly prized by collectors, museums, and libraries. D’Ambrosio delves honestly and wittily into his own creativity, and the book is a gem, with copious illustrations of his oeuvre.

11 ¼ x 8 ¼ inches. 224 pp.  Over a hundred photographs. Bound in black cloth. Designed by D’Ambrosio and printed offset by Lithotech, Phoenix, Arizona. Edition 350 copies.

Price: from $131.25
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A Valiant Enterprise: A History of the Talisman Press, 1951-1993, Printers, Publishers, and Antiquarian Booksellers

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By Robert Greenwood, 2007.

The Account traces the evolution of book-related adventures of Robert Greenwood and Newton Baird, founders of the Press. From publishing a quarterly poetry magazine to discovering a “ghost” book, to establishing a non-profit arm (Talisman Literary Research), to becoming book dealers, the pair has enjoyed the respect and admiration of the publishing world. Includes a bibliography of books published by the Talisman Press, a bibliography of books published by Talisman Literary Research, Inc., a supplement to California Imprints 1833–1862, and a complete index.

Designed by Jack W. Stauffacher of The Greenwood Press. 7 ¼  x 11 inches. 384 pp.  Includes eight photographs and illustrations from the author’s collection. Edition 350 copies.

Price: from $112.50
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BCC Centennial broadside

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Havilah Press, 2011.

On July 25, 2011 The Book Club of California hosted a Pre-Centennial Poster Printing Party. Club members and their guests were invited to print their own Centennial Broadsides on the Club’s Columbian hand-press.

21” x 15”. Printed on the occasion of the Club’s 100th birthday by Fred Voltmer, Barbara Voltmer, and Li Jiang of Havilah Press, on a Columbian hand-press using antique wooden type. Paper: Zerkall Book. Edition of 110 copies. Available for a tax-deductible donation of $50.

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Benjamin C. Truman: California Booster & Bon Vivant

By Gary F. Kurutz, 1984.

A prolific and talented writer of numerous articles and several books on California themes, Truman seems an excellent choice to inaugurate “Literary Profiles,” a new series devoted to authors whose contributions to the literary scene of the American West were significant but not fully appreciated.  A companion volume to Knights of the Lash.

Printed at the Grace Hoper Press (Sherwood Grover).  9 1/16 x 6 1/16 inches. 94 pp. Edition 600 copies.

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Bicentennial of Lithography

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Annual Keepsake Series

Peter Rutledge Koch, 1999.

The invention of lithography at the turn of the 18th century was greeted with much the same excitement as that of photography 50 years later. It appealed to artists because of the wide range of effects it offered, and it attracted the commercial printer because of the speed and economy it allowed. Nine essays describe some of the leading figures and trends in the development of lithography. With color and black & white illustrations.

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Bloomsbury broadside

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11 x 6″. Printed and designed by James D. Lee in Berkeley, California in 2000, for The Book Club’s exhibition, The Birth of Bloomsbury, 1910, curated by Peter Stansky.

Illustration: Vanessa Bell ‘Figure’ Illustration for Virginia Woolf’s short story ‘An Unwritten Novel’ in Monday and Tuesday (London, 1921). This can also be seen as a representation of Mrs. Brown in her Mr. Bennett and Mrs. Brown.

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California Bookplates

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Annual Keepsake Series

Robert Dickover, 2005.

Learn how the bookplate, or ex libris, has become an artistic genre in itself; this collection documents one hundred and seventy years of bookplates, from 1837 to 2007, which marked the volumes of prominent California book collectors. With eighty-one life sized examples, this book is a thoroughly enjoyable record of the trends, variations, and enormous possibilities of bookplate art. It also includes delightful profiles of each collector and interpretations of their ex libris. Compiled with an introduction by Robert Dickover and designed and printed letterpress by Peter Rutledge Koch, this is an affordable and fun addition to any book collection.

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Charles and Kathleen Norris: The Courtship Year

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Edited by Richard Allan Davison, 1993.

Charles Norris and his fiancée, Kathleen Thompson, exchanged daily letters during one year of their engagement. The Norrises were to become one of the most acclaimed literary couples of the era, but during the year he ventured to New York while she remained in San Francisco, they coped with a variety of practical problems–as well as with a difficult separation.

Designed and printed letterpress by W. Thomas Taylor. 11 ¼ x 8 ¼ inches. 167 pp. Includes eighteen photographs of Charles and Kathleen’s life. Bound in red cloth. Edition 400 copies.

Price: from $63.75
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Clio on the Coast: The Writing of California History, 1845-1945

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Kevin Starr, 2010.

CLIO, the Muse of History, generously inspired many efforts to bring the spirit and practice of history to California in its first one hundred years as an American province. Kevin Starr’s Clio on the Coast brings to life the men and women who chronicled and interpreted the story of California through the period and social transformation of the twentieth century.

Designed and printed by Jonathan Clark at The Artichoke Press. 6 3/4 x 9 3/4 inches, 201 pp and was lithographed on Mohawk Superfine paper. It handsomely bound in cloth with French marbled paper insides, and includes a letterpress-printed dust wrapper. Enhanced with 15 historical portraits and 23 facsimile title-pages. Edition of 350 copies each signed by Kevin Starr.

Price: $150.00

Cyclone on the Prairies: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Arts & Crafts of Publishing in Chicago, 1900

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Cyclone on the Prairies: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Arts & Crafts of Publishing in Chicago, 1900 [With an original leaf from the first edition of L. Frank Baum The Wonderful Wizard of Oz printed in Chicago in 1900] by Peter E. Hanff, and the companion volume, A Bookbinder’s Analysis of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Michael O. Riley. These two works bring together important new scholarship on the printing and design history of an American classic.

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Price: $375.00

Dear Master: Letters of George Sterling to Ambrose Bierce

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Edited by Roger K. Larson, 2002.

Poet George Sterling consulted the eminent journalist-author Ambrose Bierce on almost all his published poetry, and this correspondence is a record not only of this artistic apprenticeship but also of Sterling’s many literary associations, such as his friendship with Jack London.

Designed and printed by Peter Rutledge Koch, Berkeley. 11 ¼ x 7 ½ inches. 255 pp. Edition 350 copies.

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Felicia Rice – Commerative broadside

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Felicia Rice, 2011.

This particular piece combines my interest in printmaking as well as in different periods of letterpress design work. The image looks and feels like a letterpress illustration from a children’s book of my childhood. The conservative symmetry of the type handling, the choice of Garamond types, reflect much of 20th century design, limited as it was by the letterpress technology of the day. The content of the broadside is drawn from a 19th century illustrated travel book on California dating from 1855…

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Price: $75.00

Fine Hand Bindings for Book Club of California Publications

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Annual Keepsake Series

Joanne Sonnichsen, 2001.

 

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French Visitors to California Before the Gold Rush

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Annual Keepsake Series

Jacques Perilhou, 2013
Translated by Claudine Chalmers

The French participated in the California gold rush in very large numbers. Less is known, however, about French presence in the region prior to 1849, when California was ruled by first the Spanish, then Mexicans. As early as the eighteenth century, a few Frenchmen navigated the California coast as they pushed north from the western coasts of South America. This illustrated keepsake looks at twelve of them.

10 x 8″. 48 pp. Designed, printed, and bound by The Key Printing & Binding, Oakland, CA.

Price: $30.00

Historic Trees of California

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Annual Keepsake Series

Deke Sonnichsen, 2003.

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Inscriptions

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with photographs by Dennis Letbetter and text by Jack W. Stauffacher, Gray Brechin, Andrea Grimes, Sumner Stone, and Michael Harvey. 2003.

When the San Francisco Main Library was closed to be transformed into the Asian Art Museum, Jack W. Stauffacher and his photographer friend Dennis Letbetter wished passionately to document the historic building as it was, recording the inscriptions chosen by San Francisco Mayor Edward Robeson Taylor–an early president of The Book Club of California. A rushed tour of a gloomy and closed building resulted in this study, which links it to a long tradition of libraries embellished with inscriptions and sheds a clear light on the cultural and historical context in which the library appeared in 1917.

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James Mason Hutchings of Yo Semite

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Dennis Kruska, 2010.


This book tells his gripping story in its entirety. In 1855, following his visit with one of the earliest tourist parties to Yosemite, Hutchings published the first views of the Valley to reach the outside world, and by the early 1860s, this adventurer and entrepreneur also managed one of the first hotels there. He became Yosemite’s most prolific author and leading advocate for Yosemite tourism, and his efforts shaped the future of this sublime place. The book provides a detailed, illustrated examination of Hutchings’s life, his tireless methods of promoting Yosemite and his influence on nineteenth-century California literature.

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Price: $275.00

James Weld Towne: Pioneer, San Francisco Printer, and Paper Purveyor

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Bruce L. Johnson, 2008.

This in-depth study of Towne (1829–1917) describes on of San Francisco’s most influential commercial printers during the period 1853–68. Whether job, periodical or book work, Towne and his partners produced an enormous volume of printed material as San Francisco increasingly grew to be a major city. A list of the large number and variety of the Towne partnerships’ imprints (including periodicals and newspapers) is appended.

Price: $125.00

Jo Mora: California Cowboy & Artist

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Annual Keepsake Series
2011 Bookbuilders West Award Winner

Peter Hiller, 2010.

The 18 stunning plates and accompanying text in this handsomely printed publication present a succinct chronicle of the life and works of Monterey Peninsula painter, designer, sculptor, mapmaker, writer, and illustrator Joseph Jacinto Mora (1876-1947). In glowing color and velvet black-and white tones this Mora Keepsake at last shows the incredible diversity and skill of Mora’s creations from flowing children’s book design to precision detailing of cowboy gear, American Indian regalia, and California’s majestic parks.

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Price: $25.00