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ix

Marvin Volkmann’s grandfather, C. R. Johnson, founded the Union Lumber Company in Fort

Bragg, California, in

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. It was the second-largest producer of redwood lumber in the state for

many years. Her father, Otis R. Johnson, and brother, C. Russell Johnson, were successive com-

pany presidents until the company was sold in

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.

Dan Volkmann at

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rst bought a few Grabhorns from David Magee and Warren Howell.

Later some of the

fi

rst editions that had been reprinted by the Grabhorns came to auction and

were purchased. As his interests grew and became more varied, so did the library. After twenty-nine

years there were some eighteen hundred volumes, including seventy-

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ve

Zamorano

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rst editions.

The Volkmann Grabhorn Press collection is among the most complete anywhere. Among the

many books illustrated by Valenti Angelo there are three copies, all di

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erent, of

The Book of Ruth,

which Angelo illustrated for the Grabhorn Press. The collection is not restricted to the

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ne print-

ing of the Grabhorn Press alone. A collection of the exquisite imprints of the Allen Press is com-

plete. The handsome publications of the Book Club of California are well represented, as are

outstanding examples from other California

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ne presses. A recent acquisition is the magni

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cent

two-volume Holy Bible, with initial letters designed by Sumner Stone and printed at San Fran-

cisco’s Arion Press.

First editions of California classics include

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ne copies of the best works of a wide variety of

authors: Robinson Je

ff

ers’s

The Women at Point Sur;

John Steinbeck’s

The Grapes of Wrath;

John

Linville Hall’s

Journal of the Hartford and Union Mining

&

Trading Company,

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; The Yosemite Book;

and early San Francisco directories. Selected works by Bret Harte, Ambrose Bierce, Mary Austin,

Jack London, John Muir, Charles Warren Stoddard, and Frank Norris are also represented.

Maps in the collection include Jackson’s

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Map of the Mining Districts of California;

T. H.

Je

ff

erson’s

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maps of the route to California; Cooke & LeCount’s

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map of San Francisco;

Colton’s

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Map of the United States

showing the Gold Regions in California; Quirot Co’s map

of San Francisco,

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; and Herman Moll’s large color map of North America showing Califor-

nia as an island,

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.

Daniel G. Volkmann Jr.