San Francisco:: Book Club of California,, 2009. First Edition. Hardcover. Like New/Like New. Series: Publication of the Book Club of California, No. 226. LIMITED EDITION of 1,000 copies, with a separate print, The Lost Balloon, laid-in, designed by Janine Vigus. Afterword by Victoria Dailey; Note on the Gearhart printing technique by Susan Futterman. 4to. 11 3/4 x 10 1/8 inches.  pp. 3-color half-title, color frontispiece, decorated title-page, 31 color plates (1 double-page) including a series that illustrates the Gearharts printing technique with a series of linoleum blocks; text clean, unmarked. Quarter brown cloth, brown paper over boards with blocked title on front cover, gilt titled spine, dust-jacket, front and rear end-papers each with a Gearhart illustration; binding square and tight. A variety of ephemera is laid in, including a print of The Lost Balloon issued with this volume, the original prospectus in the envelope addressed to Glen Dawson, a Clinker Press broadside Let's Play printed on the occasion of a lecture given by Susan Futterman to the Zambrano Club in June 2009, Let's Play by the Gearharts Zambrano Club Keepsake printed on an 8 1/2 x 11 inch piece of paper folded to form an 8-page booklet commemorating the June 2009 Zambrano Club lecture by Susan Futterman printed by Kitty Maryatt at the Two Hands Press, post card announcement of the Frances Gearhart, California Printmaker 1910-1940 - A Retrospective exhibition at the Pasadena Museum of California Art, a Christmas card with an annual family letter addressed to Glen Dawson. Fine. In 1929, Pasadena artists and sisters Frances, May, and Edna Gearhart created a children's book illustrated with their original linoleum cuts and descriptive verses. It was not published. Eighty years later The Book Club of California has now brought the first edition of this charming work into publication. (Inventory #: GD316-003)
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