DescriptionRobert Ernest Cowan and Robert Granniss. A Bibliography Of The History Of California, 1510-1930. Vols. I, II, III and IV. [Bennett and Marshall's copy]. San Francisco, Los Angeles: John Henry Nash, 1933 (vols. 1-3), 1964 (vol.4). Krown & Spellman retail: $450. First Editions. Vols. 1-3 limited to 650 copies. 4to. 4vols. Original cloth over boards, paper label spines. Volumes 1-3 with some shelf wear to spines (slight tearing/peeling). This copy owned by Bennett & Marshall and annotated in pencil (outer margins) by Richard Marshall (of Bennett & Marshall, booksellers). From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
The standard bibliography of California, listing over 5000 books including topics such as discovery, exploration, colonization, government and more."Richard Marshall (1910-1967)... a lifelong bibliophile (and bookseller)... Partners with Robert Bennett for 25 years on Los Angeles famed book row, West Sixth Street.... Marshall was a meticulous cataloger with a reputation for detailed and accurate descriptions. Private collectors and librarians often treated the Bennett & Marshall catalogs as cherished bibliographic reference sources. Marshall worked for several years on a catalog that was to cover books on the Americas printed before 1801 (of which, we can assume this copy was helpful). It came out shortly after his death, in 1967, as Catalogue NUmber 4, Books on the Western Hemisphere. With its lengthy background notes and complete bibliographic descriptions, many colleagues and collectors considred the catalog Marshall's finest work." - [Dictionary of American Antiquarian Bookdealers, Dickinson].
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