Keepsakes

The Annual Keepsake series may be The Book Club of California’s most innovative publishing concept. The first ones featured twelve separate illustrated folders on a common literary or historical theme, brought together in a unifying folder. (Today, it has evolved into a splendid little book.) A variety of authors contributes brief essays on a facet of the year’s theme. The topics are inspired by the unique format of the series, and have included Sports in California, Chinese Book Arts in California, Homes of California Authors, and Southern and Northern California Travel Posters.

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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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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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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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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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

Northern California Travel Posters

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Annual Keepsake Series
2008 Printing Industries of Southern California (PIASC) award winner (together with Southern California Travel Posters)

Victoria Dailey, 2007.

Covering the historic period between 1896 and 1960, these travel posters celebrate the Golden State’s grandeur, from its sunny beaches and lush valleys to its majestic mountain tops. The text by Victoria Dailey documents in detail the artist, printer, and significance of each design.

10” x 8”. Fourteen travel poster reproductions. Poster descriptions by Victoria Dailey. Scanning and Printing: The Castle Press, Pasadena. $30.

See also Southern California Travel Posters. $50 for set.

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On Reaching 100: The Centennial of The Book Club of California, 1912-2012

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Annual Keepsake Series

Gary F. Kurutz, 2012

The companion volume to The First Seventy-Five Years, 1987, published on the occasion of the Club’s 100th birthday. Contains an overview of the history of the Book Club of California, with particular focus on the years since 1987.

Printed by Arion Press.

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Pacific Mail Steamships

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Annual Keepsake Series

Robert Chandler, 2011

The Pacific Mail Steamship Company opened passenger and mail service to California in 1848, China in 1867, and lives today as the global container carrier APL. This keepsake contains biographies of a dozen historic steamers by foremost historians of the Pacific Mail Steamship Company, as well as by world famous maritime archeologists who have dived on Pacific Mail wrecks. Portraits begin with the famed California, which steamed into San Francisco on February 28, 1849, and end with the beloved China (II), built in 1889, which closed her career with the Chinatown-based China Mail. Notable institutions, including the Huntington Library, Wells Fargo, the San Francisco Maritime Museum, the California State Library, and especially the private collection of Stephen and Jeremy Potash provided color illustrations, many not seen before.

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Southern California Travel Posters

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Annual Keepsake Series
2008 Printing Industries of Southern California (PIASC) award winner (together with Northern California Travel Posters)

Victoria Dailey, 2006.

Covering the historic period between 1896 and 1965, these travel posters celebrate the Golden State’s grandeur, from its sunny beaches and lush valleys to its majestic mountain tops. The text by Victoria Dailey and Steve Turner documents in detail the artist, printer, and significance of each design.

10” x 8”. Fourteen travel poster reproductions. Poster descriptions by Victoria Dailey and Steve Turner. Scanning and Printing: The Castle Press, Pasadena. $30.

See also Northern California Travel Posters. $50 for set.

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Steam Navigation Above the Carquinez Straight

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Annual Keepsake Series

David Hull, 2002.

The Golden Gate is California’s darling and the gateway of her deepwater commerce, but Carquinez Strait, which channels into the northern arm of San Francisco Bay the great rivers that flow from the heartland to the Golden Gate, may be seen as California’s gateway to essentially all her inland navigation as well as to a significant segment of her deepwater commerce.

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Treasures of the Book Club Library, Part III

Annual Keepsake Series

Barbara Jane Land, 2004.

The Book Club of California Library holds a treasure trove of material related to all major facets of the history of the book, including milestones of printing history, book design, illustration, and binding. Gathered with great care over the course of the past decades, it is a great resource for type historians and social historians; it reflects trends and styles in typography and general culture.

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Treasures of the Book Club Part II

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Annual Keepsake Series

Barbara Jane Land, 2000.

The Book Club of California Library holds a wealth of material devoted to all major facets of the history of the book, including milestones of printing history, book design, illustration, and binding. The second in a series of keepsakes devoted to the Book Club Library treasures, including: The Art of Graveing and Etching (London, 1662); Albrecht Durer Christlich-Mythologische Handzeichnungen (Munich, ca. 1808); The Anatomy of Sleep (London, 1842); and The Historie of Don-Quixote (London, 1927-1928). Introduction by Gary F. Kurutz.

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Vandercook Universal I Hand Test Press, 100th Anniversary Model

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2009.

2009 marked the 100th birthday of the Vandercook Proof Press. Originally designed for commercial use, the Vandercook Proof Press has become a vehicle for artistic exploration. Artists of diverse sensibilities have brought a wide range of experience and technique to the press, which has expanded the scope of experimentation. Although it is no longer being made, the press has shown itself to be a flexible enough tool to absorb new technology and move into the next century. With this kit specially created for the Book Club’s 2009 Vandercook Book Exhibition, assemble your own Vandercook Universal I Handpress!

11”x 9” flat; 5 ½” x 7” x 2 ¼” standing. Designed by Shirley Edwards. Printed by Logos Graphics on Strathmore Writing Wove, Bright White, 110 lb.

Price: $20.00