Publisher: San Francisco: The Peregrine Press, 1951.
Edition: Second edition, one of 122 copies printed at the Peregrine Press.
Condition: Fine copy.
Book ID: 26692
Description8vo, original blue buckram spine, decorated paper boards and printed paper label. Title-page decoration, block print on the colophon page and decorated paper boards by Patricia Healy Evans.
Comments¶ The third book of the Peregrine Press, a substantially revised and expanded edition of Evans' earlier work issued under the long title A Contribution Toward a Check List of Bibliographies and Reference Material Relating to the History of the States and Territories of the American West Including Alaska and Hawaii. A Contribution . . . was published in a privately distributed edition of only 75 copies in 1951 as an experiment by Evans in printing and publishing. It was very popular with the chosen few (mainly librarians and collector-customers of Evans' bookstore in San Francisco, H.H. Evans Books) who received copies. Evans took heed of suggestions for revisions and soon got to work on this second edition, published for trade, but still in a highly limited edition. Western Bibliographies, like its predecessor (but with a truncated title), is an annotated bibliography of Western Americana bibliographies, with 207 entries alphabetically arranged by bibliographer, accompanied by useful comments by Evans (1918-1990), one of the most engaging, intelligent, and iconoclastic booksellers to ever work on the West Coast. Evans founded the Peregrine Press in 1949 and slightly later the Porpoise Bookshop, which was one of the earliest examples in California of the bookstore as small press publisher; indeed, the Porpoise Bookshop was a progenitor of the California small press movement of the 60s and 70s. He later became a prominent botanical printmaker.