BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE GRABHORN PRESS 1915-1940.

(San Francisco: Grabhorn Press, 1940). 365 x 255 mm. (14 3/8 x 10"). xiv, [6], 193, [1] pp., [1] leaf (colophon).With an Introduction by Frederic W. Goudy and a Note by Edwin Grabhorn. ONE OF 210 COPIES.

Original natural linen backed with cream goatskin, raised bands, spine titled in blind, edges untrimmed. With 18 printer's devices printed in red, full-color reproductions of 27 pages from works, and four original bifolia from "The Voiage and Travaile of Sir John Maundeville Kt," "Relation the Alvar Nunez, Cabeca de Vaca Gave," "Leaves of Grass," and "The Santa Fe Trail to California." Printed in red and black on French handmade paper, using Goudy's Franciscan type. Haller & Magee 340; A Century for the Century 42; one of AIGA's "Fifty Books of the Year." A breath of soiling to leather, a couple of minor glue stains to free endpapers, otherwise A SUPERB COPY.

Beautifully hand-printed on luxurious paper and profusely illustrated with samples from the press, this definitive bibliography covering the first 25 years and 338 works of the premier American private press is certainly the most beautiful bibliography ever printed in the United States. Edwin and Robert Grabhorn founded the press bearing their name in San Francisco in 1915, and they worked together for 50 years, until the death of Edwin, at which time Robert formed a partnership with Andrew Hoyem to continue the work of the press. As Feather observed, "The typography and illustration of Grabhorn books was often experimental, frequently exciting, and usually successful," and their publications were often listed among the 50 best-designed books of the year by the AIGA design association. The present volume was one so honored. The reproductions and original leaves here demonstrate the range and versatility of the press, and the sumptuous production of the bibliography is testament to the quality of their work; as noted in "A Century for the Century," it is "a typographic monument."
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