San Francisco: William Doxey, 1896-1897. First book editions. hardcover. Color-illus rustic brown cloth octavo; approx 200-300 pages (unpaged); illustrations throughout (chiefly b&w); 21 cm. Book I: Boards corners enthusiastically dog-gnawed, also affecting a handful of pages but only corners; small to modest chipping to 2-3 leaves upper outer corners. Overall in acceptable condition. Binding tight; leaves clean. Book II: Much less dog-gnaw: only two (of eight) corners chewed; else tight and clean. About good condition overall, with uneven page sizes and trimming intermittently throughout. An altogether respectable if pet-friendly set. Item #90834
Two volumes: Book 1 & Book 2, comprising a run of 24 issues of The Lark (cover title), the influential early California humor magazine (presumably the first). Bookseller stamp of John Howell to rear board paste-downs of both volumes. Bookmark of bookseller John Howell also laid in, along with a clipped newspaper article "Man Who Never Saw a Purple Cow. Gelett Burgess Writes His Own Interview," from San Francisco Chronicle, July 27, 1942. Contributions by Ernest Peixotto, Bruce Porter, Willis Polk, K. Porter Garnett, Yone Noguchi, Florence Lundborg, Juliet Wilbur Tompkins, Pedro L. A., Dynas Powis, Morgan Shepard, Reginald Rix, Herbery Van Vlack, Carolyn Wells, Robert Louis Stevenson, and others. || California. American wit and humor. Magazine. Graphic Design, Illustration, Book Arts.
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