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<p><em>Naval Sketches of the War in California…. </em>Title page</p>


[CALIFORNIA]. MEYERS, William H. Three works by this author:

[1] MEYERS, William H. Naval Sketches of the War in California Reproducing Twenty-Eight Drawings Made in 1846-47 by William H. Meyers, Gunner on the U.S. Sloop-of-War Dale. Descriptive Text by Capt. Dudley W. Knox, U.S.N. Introduction by Franklin D. Roosevelt. New York [San Francisco: Grabhorn Press for] Random House, 1939. Title and caption title printed in blue and black with red ornament. 28 color plates. Folio (40.5 x 28 cm), original white calf over marbled boards, gilt-lettered red leather spine label. Spine slightly soiled and scuffed, miniscule chip to leather label, endpapers lightly toned, interior very fine.

Limited edition (1000 copies). Grabhorn 317: “The method of color reproduction novel in the history of printing. First the original drawings were reproduced in black and white by a gravure process. The color blocks were then cut in linoleum and printed over the black and white prints. Shading was effected by sandpapering the linoleum.” Hill I, p. 199; II 1153.

Scenes from engagements at Los Angeles, Monterey, and along the Mexican coast. One of the Fifty Books of the Year. Sherwood “Bill” Grover reported to the Roxburghe Club in 1963 that this book was selected by Edwin Grabhorn as one of the top “ten” books printed by Grabhorn Press.

[2] MEYERS, William H. Journal of a Cruise to California and the Sandwich Islands in the United States Sloop-of-War Cyane by William H. Meyers, Gunner, U.S.N. 1841-1844. Edited by John Haskell Kemble. San Francisco: [Grabhorn Press for] Book Club of California, 1955. Black-and-white frontispiece, 10 color plates, marginal drawings of flags in color; title in brown and black, initials, decorations, running titles, and rules in brown. Folio (38.5 x 27 cm), original red morocco over natural linen, spine gilt-lettered. With original prospectus laid in. Gutters lightly browned, otherwise very fine.

Limited edition (400 copies). BCC 91: “One of the finest and most important publications of the Club. The author...participated in the premature capture of Monterey by Commodore Thomas ap Catesby Jones in 1842. His illustrations reproduced here are spirited and of great interest. Seven of them picture the California scene, three the Hawaiian.” Grabhorn 568. Hill I, pp. 199-200; II, 1154.

The illustrations were created by a process similar to that described in the above. One of the Fifty Books of the Year.

[3] MEYERS, William H. Sketches of California and Hawaii by William H. Meyers Gunner, U.S.N. aboard the United States Sloop-of-War Cyane 1842-1843 with an Introduction & Notes by John Haskell Kemble. [San Francisco: Grabhorn-Hoyem for] The Book Club of California, 1970. Printed in terracotta and black, 22 color reproductions. Folio (38.6 x 26.5 cm), original loose weave cloth. Fine.

Limited edition (450 copies). BCC 136. Grabhorn-Hoyem 42.

Companion volume to the Club’s 1955 Journal of a Cruise to California and the Sandwich Islands, with two previously unpublished letters. Two pages of the sketches relate to the capture of Monterey.


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