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Zamorano Eighty Title

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29. [BIBLIOGRAPHY]. COWAN, Robert Ernest. A Bibliography of the History of California and the Pacific West 1510-1906...Together with the Text of John W. Dwinelle’s Address on the Acquisition of California by the United States of America. San Francisco: [Edward Dewitt Taylor, John Henry Nash & Henry H. Taylor for] The Book Club of California, 1914. [i-ii] iii-xxxi [1, blank], [2], 1-318, [4] pp. 4to (26.7 x 21 cm), original quarter tan cloth over original boards, paper spine label. Untrimmed, overall very fine and fresh. From the library of W.J. Holliday with his printed bookplate on front pastedown; also inscribed on front free endpaper from Cowan to Dan B. Miner. With some pencil marginalia.

     First edition, limited edition (#10 of 250 copies); first book printed by The Book Club of California. Cowan II, p. 146. Holliday Sale 235. Howell 50, California 1507: “The standard bibliography of California.” Huntington Library, Zamorano 80...Exhibition of Famous and Notorious California Classics 23. Streeter Sale 2323. Zamorano 80 #23. Although the 1933 and 1964 editions are preferred for bibliographical research, this first edition contains informative notes not found in the subsequent edition. Hart, Companion to California, p. 295: “John Henry Nash (1871-1947) 1897 moved to San Francisco where he was associated with the Tomoyé Press (1901-1911) of the bookseller Paul Elder in publishing California writings and with Taylor & Taylor (1911-1915) before founding his own firm for fine printing (1916). From it he issued lavishly designed and elegantly made books for direct sale in limited editions, but also printed for The Book Club of California, William Andrews Clark, William Randolph Hearst, and other customers and patrons. His publications...all were done in a grandly impressive style.” See Gary F. Kurutz, An Essay on Robert E. Cowan’s “A Bibliography of California and the Pacific West, 1510-1906” (San Francisco: The Book Club of California, 1993).


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