Hardcover. Paper pastedown. Cloth spine.
San Francisco or Los Angeles
San Francisco or Los Angeles: The Union Lithograph Co.. Hardcover. Paper pastedown. Cloth spine.. Very Good Plus. N.d., circa 1920s. Small folio-sized. 32 by 26 cm. 97 leaves with color vignette images of foods (fruits, vegetables, soups, desserts, meats, fish, etc.), followed by a few blanks. The images, essentially clip art, are only on the recto, between eight and a dozen items on most pages, for a total of 853 vignettes. (The vignettes are numbered 1 to 853.) No title page -- the front cover serves as that, and this was intended as an utilitarian catalogue and nothing more. The bright, "generic" illustrations were clearly a source for food businesses to order what pictures they needed for signage, advertising, menus, mailings, etc. more economically than hiring an artist to do original artwork. All the sheets have a protective coating that give them a glossy sheen. They are held together with screws in a stab binding. Scarce, with no other copies located on OCLC or elsewhere. Other than the top sheet which has soiling, the sheets are very clean. Light foxing to the endpapers, and typical wear from use to the boards.
(Inventory #: 003920)