First edition of this illustrated ode to the beauty of California, in a striking publisher's cloth binding designed by Henry Hunt Clark – in excellent condition.
"One might make a very dramatic collocation of the rise and fall of empires against the life period of a single sequoia, and that would be easier than to transcribe by mere phrases the impression of one of these green towers of silence on the sense."
Richard Minsky calls the period between 1875 and 1930 the Golden Age of book cover art: in this period, "publishers commissioned contemporary painters, architects, and stained glass designers to create covers that would grab the eye of bookstore browsers." One technique that designers used to make their bindings pop was the split fountain stamp, with which rollers can be made to print more than one color at the same time, creating a gradient effect. This technique can be seen in the oranges adorning CALIFORNIA's front board, a subtle compliment to the glorious multi-colored mountain scene in the background.
Read more: Richard Minsky, The Art of American Book Covers.
New York and London: The Macmillan Company and Adam and Charles Black, (1914). 9.25'' x 7''. Publisher's pictorial green cloth binding, stamped in color and gilt, signed by Henry Hunt Clark. Top edge gilt. Color frontispiece and 31 color illustrations, all tipped onto thicker paper with guards; fold-out map of California in brown to rear. 178 pages including index. Contemporary gift inscription to front flyleaf. Color pictorial postcard of Continental Hall in Washington, DC, postmarked 1932, loosely laid in. Binding corners and spine ends lightly bumped; one tiny spot of soil to front board. Tissue guard of frontispiece a bit tender at the gutter. Sharp and bright.
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