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The Bibliophile Society Year Books, 24 Volumes

By: Various

Price: $500.00

Publisher: Boston, The Bibliophile Society: 1902

Seller ID: 4949

Condition: Collectible-Very Good


Collection of year books: 1902 (1st) through 1929 (last). Lacks 3rd and 5th years (22nd Annual Report is for 1923-1924). Issued for members only. From the first volume article entitled "Bibliomania": "According to a very generally accepted lexicography, bibliomania is thus defined -- 'Book madness ---- a rage for collecting and possessing books, especially rare and curious ones'." Limited to 500 copies. Volumes contain from 60-206 pages. Boards, some with gilt lettering on spine; one issue 3/4 paper with cloth. Volumes 4-7 and 21-28 have slip cases. Frontispiece or illustration... View more info

Chez West, the California Detective.

By: Various

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Oakland, Cal., Catherine and Richard West: 1980

Seller ID: 9636

Condition: Collectible-Fine


[8] pages pamphlet with blue wrapper, gilt title on the cover. 'The Principal Investigators': Edward Blakely, A.T.Brugger, Mike Heyman, Andy Horn, Gary Morrison, Stephen Salmon, David Saxon, Foster Sherwood, and Richard West met at the West home in Oakland October 1980. Included in the pamphlet is the menu of the meal along with a quiz for 'Investigation' about California detectives and the characters in Raymond Chandler and Ross McDonald's novels. An unusual and interesting item for mystery/private detective fans. View more info

A Delicious Obsession : Collecting the Works of MFK Fisher. A Centenary Show of Books, Periodicals & Ephemera from the Collection of Randall Tarpey-Schwed. On Exhibition September 8 - October 27, 2008.

By: Various

Price: $25.00

Publisher: San Francisco, California, The Book Club of California: 2008

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 11701

Condition: Collectible-Very Good


Two parts in a folding case with cover title "MFK Fisher, A Delicious Obsession". First part is a large foldout printed on one side (23 x 19 inch) which folds to (5 3/4 x 9 1/2 inch) contains: extract from a publication of Fisher's; note by the collector; and a 76 title bibliography. Also a 2 page fold by Joan Reardon "Autobiography & Biography: Channeling MFK Fisher (8 x 10 inch). Printed by Patrick Reagh and John Sullivan. View more info

There is "A Time to Laugh" (cover title)

By: Various

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Privately Printed: 1951

Seller ID: 015428

Condition: Collectible-Very Good


Tan paper cover, stapled, mild damage to edges. From title page, "Dedication of Room for Housing of Schmulowitz Jest Book Collection at the San Francisco Public Library November 30, 1950". From colophon, "This edition consists of 500 copies. Privately printed. 1951." Nat Schmulowitz, a nationally known attorney, donated a collection of humorous works to the San Francisco Library, beginning in 1947. The collection still exists today. This is a collection of the speeches made at the dedication of a designated room for the collection, including remarks by Mr. Schmulowitz himself. View more info

Ward Ritchie, Printer : A Seventy-Fifth Birthday Salute on June 15, 1980

By: Various

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Phoenix, Arizona, Roswell Bookbinding: 1980

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 11587

Condition: Fine


22 pages with photograph of Ward Ritchie on frontispiece, 5 pages of examples of Mr. Ritchie's book designs at end. Tan paper wrapper (5 1/2 x 9 inch) with title on the cover. Collection of articles written by Mr. Ritchie's friends and colleagues. View more info

Book Plate Collection: Libraries

By: Various

Price: $250.00

Publisher: 0

Seller ID: 020249

Condition: Very Good


Collection of 56 bookplates from different libraries done by various designers. Bookplates: black & white & color; mounted on brown paper in black binder; clean & intact overall but a few have some glue stains along edges. Circa 1930s. Varying dimensions; most measure between 2" x 5." Listings for each bookplate include, if available, the designer, location where the bookplate came from, description of the bookplate design, & date. Bookplate 1: Willy Pogany; Goodman Library, Napa; hand holding rose by open book. 2: F. W. Baumhoff, Jr.; California State Lib.; eulogy for Clair C. Barnes.... View more info

A Guide to Reading the Hebrew Text; For the Use of Beginners

By: Vibbert, W. H., Rev.

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Warren F. Draper. 1872. Andover, Massachusetts.: 1872

Seller ID: 1617

Condition: Collectible-Very Good


Cloth. Some fading first few pages front and back. Private rubber stamp imprint on title page. Pencil and some pen markings many pages. This treatise was especially prepared for the Berkeley Divinity School as Hebrew was required for admission. It covers the alphabet, vowels, sh'va, syllables, vav and yothe as consonants and on through characteristics of the verb and noun. View more info

Early Printers' Marks.

By: Victoria and Albert Museum

Price: $15.00

Publisher: London, Her Majesty's Stationery Office: 1962

Seller ID: 5745

Condition: Collectible-Very Good


32 pages with 28 reproductions, printed wrapper, 7 x 5". (Small Picture Book no. 56) Printed by the Curwen Press. Examples of 15th and 16th century printers' marks. "Designers were fertile in producing imaginative, ingenious, even bizarre work executed with vigour." View more info

The Bibliotaph and Other People

By: Vincent, Leon H.

Price: $37.50

Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin and Company. 1898. Boston.: 1898

Seller ID: 1445

Condition: Collectible-Very Good


First edition. Cloth. The author describes a Bibliotaph: "A portrait not imaginary"; and he also answers the questions why he collects, why he needs three copies of the same book, what he looks like, where he lives, etc. Some chapter titles are: "Last Words on the Bibliotaph"; "The Autobiography of a Fair-Minded Man"; "Concerning a Red Waistcoat"; etc. View more info

Henri Ternaux Compans : The First Collector of Hispanic-Americana

By: Wagner, Henry R.

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Washington, DC, Pan American Union: 1954

Seller ID: 12327

Condition: Collectible-Fine


Reprinted from INTER-AMERICAN REVIEW OF BIBLIOGRAPHY, IV (October/Dember 1954). Pages 283-298; portrait; white paper wrapper with a tile on the cover (6 3/4 x 9 3/4 inch). Mainly a biography of Henri Ternaus Compans (1807-1864), son of a rich French family who produced Kashmir shawls. Wagner deals with his collecting activity, travels in South America and later life in France where he published a series of Spanish documents. Fine clean copy. View more info

The Plains and the Rockies : A Bibliography of Original Narratives of Travel and Adventure, 1800-1865

By: Wagner, Henry R.

Price: $75.00

Publisher: San Francisco, California, Grabhorn Press: 1937

Seller ID: 14052

Condition: Collectible-Very Good


600 copies printed at The Grabhorn Press. [vi], 299 pages; title page facsimiles; index; orange cloth binding with leather label on the spine (minor wear to the leather label and slightly bumper corners. This edition is the revised edition by Charles Camp adding some 75 titles to the original Wagner list. The listing of overland narratives was 428 titles in this edition. It has gone through two more editions: another by Charles L. Camp and a completely revised edition by Robert Becker in 1982. Usually this edition is worn from use, but this is a very good clean copy. View more info

An Address Delivered at the Celebration By the New York Historical Society, May 20, 1863, of the Two Hundredth Birth Day of Mr. William Bardford, Who Introduced the Art of Printing Into the Middle Colonies of British America.

By: Wallace, John William

Price: $37.50

Publisher: Albany, New York, J. Munsell: 1863

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 13182

Condition: Collectible-Very Good


114 pages; appendix; greencloth binding with paper label on the spine. Former owner's bookplate 'Fitchbury Historical Society'. Very good clean copy. View more info

Althea Warren, Librarian.

By: Warren, Althea

Price: $17.50

Publisher: California Library Association: 1962

Seller ID: 9627

Condition: Collectible-Fine


'Keepsake Number 3'. 38 page pamphlet with light blue paper wraps, title on the cover. A collection of Althea Warren's writings on various subjects relating to California and its libraries. Evidence of a fold to the lower right front cover 3 inches long. Otherwise a fine clean copy. View more info

Frederic W. Goudy Proprietary Typefaces and the "Lost" Goudy Typefaces

By: Washbish, Bruce

Price: $37.50

Publisher: Petaluma, CA, Anchor and Acorn Press: 1992

Seller ID: 019358

Condition: Fine


One of 125 copies. Original publisher's gray wrapper. A beautiful booklet with gilt foil decoration on the front cover. 7 1/8" x 9 7/8." Eight pages, complete. Pages are clean and crisp and feature an array of Goudy's typefaces and fonts. A very pristine copy. This is a monograph on renowned artist and type designer, Frederic W. Goudy (1865-1947). It provides a brief biography on Goudy and his type designing career, how he began producing his own typefaces, and some examples of his work including most of his "lost" typefaces. Also included is a smaller beige booklet me... View more info

Literary Lodestone : One Hundred Years of California Writing

By: Wecter, Dixon

Price: $12.50

Publisher: Stanford University Press:

Seller ID: 3796

Condition: Collectible-Very Good


Circa 1950. Stapled, blue paper cover with gilt lettering and dark blue decoration. Some fading at spine, minor bending at top of spine. Frederick A. Wemmer's copy, with his book plate. 31 pages with one illustration on frontispiece. The text of a speech delivered by Dixon Wecter, celebrated author and professor, on June 24, 1950, at the annual meeting of the California Library Association and the California Centennial Commission in Sacramento. He died soon after. Also enclosed is a folded card with "This Nugget of Pure Gold" on front and "Uncovered June 24, 1950, at Sacramento dur... View more info

Gentle and Beloved Friend

By: Weigel, John C.

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Privately Printed. (1958). (Fairfax, California).: 1958

Seller ID: 1510

Condition: Collectible-Very Good


Boards. 240 copies printed by Mallette Dean. This volume is dedicated to the memory of Sara Halle Schaffner, April 1, 1862-May 8, 1957, the author's friend for forty-four years. Mrs. Schaffner's husband was Joseph Schaffner who was self-educated and established the Hart Schaffner and Marx prizes for economic essays. Their home became a haven for family and friends. View more info

Attention, Pioneers! Sacramento Proclamation Urging Citizens to Cooperate in Founding the First City Goverment in 1849: Facsimile Reproductions of Twelve Rare California Broadsides or Posters, with Explanatory Comment by Various Authorities (Number Five)

By: Wenzel, Caroline

Price: $25.00

Publisher: The Book Club of California: 1952

Inscription: Inscribed by Author(s)

Seller ID: 020062

Condition: Fine


Original envelope and publisher's beige pamphlet and facsimile broadside. Author's own copy. Four pages (one leaf folded in half), complete. Envelope measures 11 1/4" x 8 3/4" and has the author's signature handwriting in blue pen: "Keep for Wenzel Family, Sac'to Proclamation, Caroline Wenzel." Envelope has a bit of wear but is clean and intact overall. The pamphlet measures 8 1/4" x 10" and includes a 12 1/4" x 17" facsimile reproduction of a broadside published in 1849 by the Sacramento City Council. The poster was published to rally civilians to vote o... View more info

The Mother's Recompense. [Bound With] Portrait of a Publisher., By Grant Overton, and The First Hundred Years of the House of Appleton, 1825-1925.

By: Wharton, Edith

Price: $37.50

Publisher: New York, New York, D. Appleton & Company: 1925

Seller ID: 12991

Condition: Collectible-Very Good


"This edition has been specially printed to celebrate the Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the American Booksellers Association and the One-Hundreth Anniversary of D. Appleton and Company, and is presented to the members of the Association and their guests on the occasion of their annual Banquet. Chicago, May Fourteenth, Nineteen Twenty-five." 342 pages; 96 pages; illustrations; bound in blue cloth with gilt lettering. Interesting history of the bookseller company D. Appleton & Company. Very good clean copy. View more info

The Bancroft Library, Whence -- What -- Whither; An Address Delivered by Carl I. Wheat on May 22, 1955 before The Friends of the Bancroft Library in Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of its Acquisition by the (continued)

By: Wheat, Carl I.

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Friends of the Bancroft Library. 1955. Berkeley, California.: 1955

Seller ID: 3093

Condition: Collectible-Very Good


Wrappers. Title continued: ".University of California". From an introductory page: "The Bancroft Library is one of but two libraries west of the Mississippi -- and of a bare half dozen in the entire country -- which possess genuinely outstanding co llections of Western Americana. In manuscript materials it is second to none, while its microfilms from the archives of Mexico and Europe constitute unparalleled tools for historical research". The speaker presents his suggestions for the direction of the library in the future. View more info

Books of the California Gold Rush. A Centennial Selection.

By: Wheat, Carl I.

Price: $175.00

Publisher: San Francisco, Cal.,, The Colt Press.: 1949

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 8866

Condition: Collectible-Fine


An edition of 500 copies. Unnumbered pages, complete and clean inside. Illustrated boards on outside covers with label of title on spine. Very light fading to spine, slight bend on upper back corner of cover. A nice quick guide to the literature of the California Gold Rush covering 321 titles. View more info