Recent acquisitions from the past two months, including Ralph Waldo Emerson's rare first appearance in print, an 18th century memoir of a cross-dresser, a French pamphlet from 1786 on the practical uses of hot air balloons, a large collection of books on the Language of Flowers, the fine Bodoni edition of Gray's Elegy, and the first history of California written and published in California. The image above is a linoleum block print by Henry Evans of the Porpoise Bookshop and Peregrine Press, San Francisco, 1962. It’s from one of his print portfolios that will be offered as part of a large collection of his work as a bookseller, printer, small-press publisher, and printmaker (1948-1965) which we are in the process of cataloging. Inquiries about the collection are welcome. For an example of a Porpoise Bookshop publication, see under Horticulture, Modern Herbal, below.