1906. Berkeley: California Bookplate Society (Sheldon Cheney), 1906-1907.
4 vols, 12mo, (16); (16); (18); (16) pp. First issue of this booklet with 9 facsimile bookplates; the 3 remaining volumes each with at least 1 bookplate tipped in, the remaining examples in line-drawn facsimile. Wrappers of Vol. 1 No. 1 with a bit of discoloration. Fine.
§ A well-preserved quartet from the California Bookplate Society, America’s second bookplate club, which “under Sheldon Cheney, published California Book-plates from 1906-1911” (Johnson, A Treasury of Bookplates, vi). Cheney (1886-1990) grew up in Berkeley and was a well-regarded art, theatre and dance critic who penned a number of volumes on modernist theatre. Composed under his editorship at the age of 20, these pamphlets must be among the earliest published examples of his writing. Item #105080