SAN JOAQUIN.

Los Angeles: Ward Ritchie Press, 1939. First edition. One of only 100 copies of his second book and first to be hardbound. Foreword by Lawrence Clark Powell. ASSOCIATION COPY INSCRIBED BY EVERSON TO HIS FRIEND AND OYEZ PUBLISHER, "for Bob Hawley/ very happy to inscribe this copy of/ San Joaquin/ at Holmes Book Co in Oakland/ at the Winter Solstice/ Bill Everson/ Dec 21, 1975." ("Winter Solstice" being the date of the inscription as well as the title of a poem in the book.) Beige cloth-backed brown paper boards with four-inch illustration on front and back of grape ivy curled around a stake; brown paper spine label lettered in black. This scarce title contains some of Everson's best work and is an early and attractive work of the Ward Ritchie Press. Selected as one of the best "Western Books for 1939." Title page decoration by Hubert Buel; printed throughout on cream-colored paper that appears mold made, is watermarked "[star]Arak[star] W&A," and primarily deckle edged [Bartlett & Campo A-2]. Spine label shows just a touch of darkening, evidently from the binder's glue. Still, an exceptionally fine copy of this fragile book.
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Price: $1,750.00

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