THE OCCIDENTAL; (Four issues from the year Jeffers' graduated). Robinson Jeffers.
THE OCCIDENTAL; (Four issues from the year Jeffers' graduated).

THE OCCIDENTAL; (Four issues from the year Jeffers' graduated).

Los Angeles, CA: Occidental (College) Publishing Company, 1905. First edition of each of a set of four extremely scarce and delicate periodicals from the year Jeffers graduated. Includes Volume XI, Numbers 4, 5, and 6, issued in January, February, and March 1905, respectively. Each is 20 pages, 7 x 9.8", saddle stitched in gray-green wrappers decoratively printed in black. Also includes Number 9, issued June, 1905, which is 112 pages, 7 x 9.8", in black paper wrappers with cover embossed in gilt. The four magazines are heavily illustrated with drawings, photos, and ads (the ads and artwork are exquisite). JANUARY 1905: ISSUE NO. 4, with first appearances of "Faunus" [A-8] on p.1 and "El Dorado" under his Edwin Rush pseudonym on p.5. ("El Dorado" is listed by Jeffers Association and Robert Brophy as Jeffers' but not included in Hunt's Collected Poetry as it was never published elsewhere or in book form.) Jeffers is listed as Associate Editor under the literary department, Class of 1905, on p.10 masthead and mentioned as one of the "new men" in athletics for long distance running (p.15). Condition: rust from staples has offset to each page at gutter (acid-free paper now laid in to mitigate further offsetting ); pp.9-12 detached but present; lengthwise crease from folding; printed covers vivid but show small marks from staples; faint offset to back cover (from being stacked when fresh from printer); p.1 (with "Faunus") shows pale offset from inside front cover; light damp stain to lower corners throughout but otherwise the text nice and clean. FEBRUARY 1905: ISSUE NO. 5, considered to be the rarest Jeffers periodical. Includes many poems attributable to him using the pseudonyms Rob York, Edwin Rush, etc.: "The Lake" (p.8) by "R. J." [A-9]; "Nemesis" (p.1) by Rob York and "In the Garden" (p.8) by Edwin Rush are attributed to Jeffers by the Jeffers Association and Robert Brophy but not in Hunt's Collected Poetry. (Note: not the same poem as "Nemesis" from Flagons and Apples). References to Jeffers throughout and to Dan Hammack, Jeffers' elder classman, mentor, and first publisher. P.10 lists Jeffers as Associate Editor under literary department and p.12 lists his father, Dr. Jeffers, who taught his son "The History of the Reformation" at Occidental. Condition: staples only slightly rusted (acid-free paper now laid in); pp.9-12 detached but present; lengthwise crease from folding; printed covers vivid but show very small staple marks; back cover clean. Pp.12-17 splotched, apparently from rust (a bit worse on pp.12-13); some pale stains to interior but much of text and ads nice and clean. MARCH 1905: ISSUE NO. 6, first appearance of "The Fox" (p.1) by "R. J." [A-10]; Jeffers listed as Associate Editor on p.10 masthead and under Athletics on p.15 (in the field day match between the college and Pasadena YMCA, "Jeffers took second" in the two-mile race). Condition: staples only slightly rusted (acid-free paper now laid in); pp.9-12 detached but present; lengthwise crease from folding; printed covers vivid with only slight rust from staples; cover and interior very clean except gutters pp.8-13, which show very slight rusting around staples. Altogether in very good condition. JUNE 1905: ISSUE NO. 9, the scarce graduation issue for the class of 1905, which had only 18 students (would seem to indicate the number of copies issued was very small). Contains several contributions by Jeffers who is mentioned throughout. A photo of "John Robinson Jeffers" in his cap and gown appears on p.[7]; Jeffers is listed as Associate Editor p.[8]; the poem "The Classes" (p.18) may be Jeffers'; photo of Jeffers as member of the Stevenson Literary Society appears on page "0-3" (33); Jeffers is listed as competing in the two-mile run (p.54)and appears in the track team photo (p.55); "The Stream" (p.71) with a photo of Antonio Canyon should be [A-11] as it was later published in a revised text October 1905 in Out West Magazine, the appearance of which Albert's lists as [A-11] (neither version appears in Collected Poetry); "An Acrostic" (p.82) is presumed to be by Jeffers but is not so listed elsewhere; under plumbing ad (p.95) is stated, "Sept. 30--Seniors receive Freshies. Jeff wears gown and spills himself." Although this issue is not in Alberts' bibliography, it should be for "The Stream," if not others. (See Alberts, pp.1 and 95-96.) Condition: interior clean and tight; front cover loose at top but still holding; rear cover with few tears and detached but present. Overall the four-issue set is in good to very good condition and forms an exceedingly rare collection of some of the earliest published writings of Robinson Jeffers. As period pieces for early 20th-century academic publications, these may not be exceeded.
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