Lot 52 of 457:
California series signed by California pioneers  

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Title:
California
Author:
McCarthy, John Russell, editor
Place:
Los Angeles
Publisher:
Powell Publishing Co.
Date:
[1928-1929]
Description:

9 volumes. Illustrated with woodblock prints by various artists. 25.5x17.5 cm (10x7"), full morocco ruled in gilt, bear vignette on each cover, bell vignettes at corners and spine panels, raised spine bands, each with two leather spine labels, top edges gilt. One of 387 sets. De Luxe Edition.

De Luxe edition, each volume signed by California pioneers, including numerous "covered wagon babies," signatures of those connected with the opening of the West, etc. Volume I signed by  (who was a little girl during the horrific event). The subscribers name and copy number has been inked over on the limitation page of each volume.

Comprises:

  • Cleland. The Pathfinders. Signed by Isabella M. Breen McMahon and Catherine M. Hecox Tilden Brown, both survivors of the Donner Party
  • Sanchez. Spanish Arcadia. Signed by Juan J. de la Guerra, scion of an old Spanish family that came to California.
  • Coy. The Great Trek. Signed by six covered wagon babies.
  • Coy. Gold Days. Signed by five pioneers who arrived in California before statehood, and eight covered wagon babies.
  • Markham. Songs and Stories. Signede by raconteur W.R. Gillis, and four covered wagon babies.
  • Hunt & Ament. Oxcart to Airplanes. Signed by stage-driver Sam Jobe; railroad engineer Charles C. Trott; Pony Express rider William Campbell; and clippper ship captain I.N. Hibberd.
  • Cleland & Hardy. March of Industry. Signed by business entrepreneur George Chaffey and seven covered wagon babies.
  • Taylor. Land of Homes. Signed by eight covered wagon babies.
  • Byrant. Outdoor Heritage. Signed by twelve covered wagon babies.
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Condition:
Some rubbing to joints and extremities, some spine labels rubbed or sunned; very good, increasingly scarce as a complete set.
 
Item number:
309465a
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