New York: Harper & Brothers, 1869. Hardcover. Ross J. Browne (1821 - 1875) wrote this American West travelogue during the end of the Civil War. He discusses rattlesnakes, deserts, scorpions, robbery, Apache encounters, starvation, the dangers of his travels, and much more. Bound in later blue buckram with gilt title to spine, which reads "The Apache Country." Small dampstain to bottom corners in margins only of most pages. Smudge marks / minor soiling to many pages, mostly in margins. Illustrated with numerous engravings. 535 pages plus 4 pages of ads. STA/011421 American Regional History. Very Good.
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Whittington, England: Nomad Letterpress, 2019. One of 125 copies. This copy is uniquely bound in a stunningly beautiful leather binding by Deborah V. Thompson. Coastline, Hannah's first book, chronicles a two-week trip down California's iconic Pacific Coast Highway, between San Francisco and Los Angeles, a route taken by Hannah and her husband Luke in Autumn 2016. She states that Coastline is a linocut and letterpress love-letter to the California coast " For ten days we traveled along the rugged coastline of Big Sur, through the rolling hills of San Simeon, and settled under the swaying palm trees of Venice Beach. I didn’t anticipate becoming so enchanted by it all and couldn’t resist documenting along the way. Coastline includes fifty linocut engravings and pochoir illustrations which draw inspiration from the autumnal coastal plant life and dazzling ocean views, and are accompanied by my travel diary. The book is a celebration of a beautiful landscape and a tribute to that time traveling down the California coast." Hannah is a British printmaker and illustrator who graduated from the Camberwall College of Arts in London in 2012. The book is letterpress printed in Monotype Walbaum and printed on heavy-weight Zerkell papers. Deborah's lovely design binding creates an impressionistic image of sky and sea in various shades of green and pale yellow. Housed in a cream linen clamshell box with blue linen edges and title label to spine. In fine condition. Book measures 11 x 14 inches. Box is 12 x 15 inches. ARTISTSB/122420. Fine.