This was California. A Collection of Woodcuts and Engravings Reminiscent of Historical Events, Human Achievements, and Trivialities from Pioneer Days to the Gay Nineties

PENNOYER, A. Sheldon

Published by G. P. Putnam's Sons, New York, 1938
Condition: Fine Hardcover
From Randall House Rare Books (ABAA) (Santa Barbara, CA, U.S.A.)

AbeBooks Seller Since 04 February 1998

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224 pp. including an index Small folio. original brown cloth lettered in gilt and black, pictorial endpapers, in publisher's slipcase (a little rubbed). Illustrated profusely, each page has one or more illustrations with a caption. Limited edition, signed by the author. "It has been universally accepted that the greatest examples of woodcuts came in the sixteenth century from the hand of Albrech Durer. With the passage of time, as it was realized that a picture could etch upon the mind where words would fail, demand increased for this simple method of producing images. . The scope of this collection of woodcuts and engravings is not assumed to be exhaustive in any particular, but rather a collector's personal choice of items that have some historic value in depicting a panoramic unfolding of the Golden West. The panorama is of necessity fragmentary, but if it gives interest or pleasure in its touch here and there upon the most dramatic fifty years of the history of any state in the Union, I shall feel sufficiently rewarded for the time spent in compiling it."- from the Preface. Bookseller Inventory # 32370

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Title: This was California. A Collection of ...

Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons, New York

Publication Date: 1938

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: pictorial dust jacket (fine)

Signed: Limited edition, signed by the author

Edition: First edition.

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At Randall House we deal in fine and rare books in many fields; this includes collectible books, limited edition books, and out-of-print books. From Shakespeare Folios to Carter's ABC for Book Collectors, from fine bindings to fine press books, from children's books to early Bibles, from incunabula to modern firsts, they are all part of what makes Randall House Rare Books the book collector's paradise. In addition to books we carry autographs, manuscripts, autograph letters, historical documents and ephemera. We always have a wonderful selection of original paintings, etchings, works on paper, and sometimes sculpture, of renowned artists on display. We also love to have visitors, so make sure to stop in when you are in the area!

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