San Francisco: The Book Club of California, 2009. Slim 4to, 48 pp. 11 10 inches. Bound in tan paper over
boards with illustrated dust jacket. 25 multi-colour plates including one fold-out plate. Loose print suitable for framing. New in shrinkwrap, with original prospectus and order form included. 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 published the first edition of this charming children’s book.
Frances Gearhart was the leading color woodcut artist in California
during her lifetime (1869–1958), renowned for her dramatic landscape views of mountains, desert, and shore. Her work is the aesthetic predecessor of Tom Killion’s famous contemporary California woodcuts.
“Designed by Janine Vigus. Afterword by Victoria Dailey. Note on the Gearhart printing technique by Susan Futterman. One of 1,000 copies printed by Typecraft, Wood, and Jones; Pasadena, California.” (BCC Bibliography, 2010 Supplement). Item #106760