The Malibu. I. Rancho Topanga Malibu Sequit: An Historical Approach by W. W. Robinson. II. Personal Considerations: Essays by Lawrence Clark Powell. Illustrations by Irene Robinson.
by [Plantin Press] William Wilcox ROBINSON & Lawrence Clark POWELL.
Los Angeles:: Plantin Press for Dawson's Book Shop, 1958., 1958. 8vo. [vi], 86 pp. Folding map, beautiful color illustrations. Quarter beige cloth over patterned paper-backed boards, printed paper spine label. SIGNED by both authors and their wives, and the illustrator at limitation page. Extra-signed and inscribed from Powell to Bob Johnson at limitation page. Bookseller label. RARE. Fine. EXTRA SIGNED BY LAWRENCE CLARK POWELL. LIMITED EDITION—272 of 300 copies; a choice copy with Powell's added inscription. Widely considered to be one of the Plantin Press' finest publications. This book is a marriage of some of the best of Southern California bookmaking: the best printer, the literary words of Powell and the agreeable color illustrations by Irene Robinson. "This book is really two in one, nevertheless it remains one in spirit. Its thread of continuity is the Malibu, "a broad, twenty-two mile long strip of ocean-fronting land" which is "partly marine terrace, partly beach, partly canyon, partly rising mountain," located midway between Santa Monica and Ventura in Los Angeles County. W. W. Robinson writes of history past, the story of Rancho Topanga Malibu Sequit; Lawrence Clark Powell writes of history present, his personal reflections as a contemporary Malibu resident" (CHSQ, p. 71). "The Malibu is probably the rarest and least known of all the books written on Malibu, but also one of the best. . .." (Marcus). "After emigrating to the United States from Warsaw, Poland, in 1928 Saul Marks founded the press with his wife Lillian (whom he married in 1928). Marks arranged the typography and decorative type ornaments with great agility and originality. The Plantin Press is an example of how 'commercial' printing can aspire to the level of a fine press, a possibility Updike and Meynell had demonstrated earlier in the century" (Hutner & Kelly, xxvii). California Historical Society Quarterly, Vol. 38, No. 2. 1959.; Hutner, Martin. A Century for the Century: Fine Printed Books from 1900 to 1999. New York: David R. Godine, 2004; Marcus, Ben. "From Chumash to Hard Cash." Malibu. Apr. 2010.
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