San Francisco: 1954. First edition, limited. Hardcover. Folio [40 cm] 1/4 black cloth with bright marbled paper over boards. Top edge trimmed; other edges deckled. Text printed in red and black. Ex-libris Santa Rosa publisher and rancher Lee Lawrence Stopple, with his bookish bookplate on the front pastedown. Near fine. Item #59424
A lovely production. One in an edition of 200 copies printed by Roxburghers Edwin and Robert Grabhorn.
From the preface by Carl Wheat-
"Despite the fact that at the outset the club's membership was limited to thirty-one (as was that of 'The father of book clubs,' The Roxburghe Club in England), and despite the further fact that for most of its history not more than fifty have made up its company, the lists which appear in this volume disclose that more than a hundred and thirty men have, over the years, enjoyed its goodly fellowship. Among these, the practical printers have at all times been especially honored, and their generous contributions to the club's life and fortunes have been immeasurable. These artists, too, have added much to the general atmosphere. Booksellers, with their background of experience, have all proved worthy members. Librarians have likewise shared their specialized lore. But the core of the club has at all times been those members whose vocations were in other than bookish fields. These, the 'collectors,' or those who merely found pleasure in the contemplation of good- or 'fine'- books, have given the group most of its Masters of the Press, and their avocational interest in the fundamentals of the club has furnished the cement to hold it together over its entire history."