California Hills and Other Wood Engravings
Los Angeles: Bruce McCallister, 1931. 25 leaves, including 14 with woodblock prints captioned below in type. With two additional small engravings, one printed on the title label mounted to the front board and a second vignette on the colophon page, both as issued. Printed from the original blocks by Harold Young. 9-3/4 by 12-3/4 inches. "A masterpiece in its genre, California Hills complimented and counterpointed the scenic photographs of Edward Weston and the poetic evocations of Robinson Jeffers and remains today an outstanding artistic achievement of the Depression era. Forced by his medium to capture essentials, Landacre depicted the hills of the California coast in their intrinsic structural power as the architecture of the planet itself"--Kevin Starr, Material Dreams: Southern California Through the 1920s, p. 330. The American Institute of Graphic Arts named California Hills one of the 50 best-designed books of the year. With an introduction by Arthur Millier. Published in an edition of 500 signed and numbered copies. ISBN: B002SLHCOQ.
First edition (first printing). A near fine copy in decorated paper-covered boards. The book shows only minor wear to the corners, virtually no tanning or offsetting of ink on the interior pages. An attractive bookplate is mounted on the inside front cover. Based on the condiiton, this would be an exceptionally nice copy, but to make it even better, this example preserves the rarely seen original unprinted dust jacket. The jacket is missing a two-inch triangle along the bottom edge and shows minor loss at the corners. The spine is a bit tanned. All in all, a remarkable book. This is copy 278, signed by Landacre on the colophon.