Lot 1: Trail of Beauty, first Allen Press book 1/100 Sgd
3rd November 2016
Author: Allen, Harris Stearns; Title: The Trail of Beauty; Place Published: San Francisco; Publisher: Lewis & Dorothy Allen at their home letterpress; Date Published: 1940; Description: With an original watercolor by William Gaskin (printers' brother-in-law and director of San Francisco's Federal Art Project), tipped-in, as issued. 23x14 cm (9x5¾"), golden cloth-backed decorative paper over boards, paper spine label. No. 84 of 100 copies "for private distribution only" on hand-made Maidstone paper. First Edition.Signed at the end of Author's Foreword. The rare first Allen Press book. "It was especially suitable that for our first book we should select a text by my father, the catalyst of our printing ambitions" - Allen Press Biblio. 1. Condition: Spine label a bit faded, light shelf wear and soiling; still near fine.
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