San Francisco: A. M. Robertson, 1912 First edition. 106pp. Mounted colored frontis plus 19 mounted photographic plates, one chart. Art Nouveau floral head and tail pieces. Original gilt-decorated and lettered gray boards. Spine and cover edges darkened, one lower corner slightly jammed. A very good copy, internally fine. A meteorological study, written for the layman, of the cloud formations and fogs of the Bay area, with statistical information on amounts of sunshine, rainfall, and other scientific data of importance. Finely printed by the Philopolis Press. The color frontispiece is from a painting by California Arts & Crafts artist, Arthur F. Mathews. Mathews and his wife (Lucia) were one of the primary founders of the Arts & Crafts movement. After the San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906, Arthur and Lucia opened the Philopolis Press and promoted arts & crafts aesthetics in the rebuilding of the city. Today, The Philopolis Press publications are very collected. The author ran the U.S. Weather Bureau in San Francisco from 1903 until 1913. He was also vice president of the Sierra Club (1904-1913), and Professor of meteorology at Harvard (1913-1931). [Cowan: p.402].. (Inventory #: 7862)
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