Edward Vischer's Drawings of the California Missions, 1861-1878. With a Biography of the Artist by Jeanne van Nostrand. Introduction by Thomas Albright
by Jeanne Van Nostrand
San Francisco:: Book Club of California,, 1982. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. Series: Publications of the Book Club of California, No. 172. LIMITED EDITION of 600 copies, produced by the Arion Press under the direction of Andrew Hoyem, bound by Cardoza-James. Oblong 4to. 9 1/4 x 12 1/4 inches. 44, 44 plates,  pp. Half-title with black and white portrait of Vischer, color frontispiece, title-page and text printed within brown rules, 1 color illustration, 4 black-and-white portraits, bibliography, 44 color plates; text clean, unmarked. Gilt-stamped brown cloth, plain paper dust-jacket; binding square and tight, upper corner bumped, jacket toned and lightly soiled. Original prospectus laid in. Very Good. "Vischer is credited in Albright's introduction with capturing in his drawings the look and feel of the colonial past with more freedom and vividness than his several competitors, and one might add with considerable imagination. Some of his drawings 'reconstruct' derelict mission buildings. The captions to the plates are excerpted from Vischer's own writings." Included in the Rounce & Coffin Club's Exhibition of Western Books. REFERENCE: Harlan, The Two Hundredth Book, No. 172. (Inventory #: GY815-132)
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