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Shaffer, Ellen,


Los Angeles, The Plantin Press for Dawson's Book Shop,

1950. Limited edition. Folio. (16), 61, (3). One of 300

numbered copies. Finely printed letterpress, some pages in

two colors. Blue cloth binding printed in red on the spine and

with the boards printed in a pictorial design (based on a

woodcut from the Chronicle) and red title. Map end papers,

also based on a woodcut from the Chronicle.

With a leaf from the pirated Augsburg Latin edition of 1497.

The leaf is folio lxix, covering the end of the Fifth Age of the

world, and concluding with the fall of Babylon. There are 15

woodcuts, 14 of historical figures as well as a 15th larger cut:

of a city (Babylon) in ruins. The 14 woodcut figures depict

people connected with the Babylonian Captivity:

Nabuchodonosor (Nebuchadnezzar), Malachias, Joachim,

Sibilla Hellespontia, Balthasar etc.

Shaffer has illustrated her monograph with reproductions of woodcuts taken from the first edition of the Chronicle in the

copy owned by Benjamin and Geraldine Kelly. Margaret Stillwell allowed the use of her census of the various Chronicle

printings in America, which was updated by Shaffer.

There is a neat ownership stamp on the front free end paper, and a light offset from a newspaper article on pp. 36-37. (The

article has been placed into a mylar sheaf and preserved as it discusses a later edition of the Chronicle from 1970. ) Traces of

wear to the edges else this is a near fine copy.

With the presentation inscription of the author to collector Robert B. Honeyman whose collection of American Pictorial

Material is one of the premier pictorial collections held at the Bancroft Library.

Disbound and Dispersed, No. 103.




Twiss, Clinton,


New York, Thomas Y. Crowell Company, 1951. First edition, first printing. 8vo.

2538pp. Red cloth, yellow title on spine. Top edge yellow. We note only a trace of

wear to the spine tips and corners, else this is a fine bright copy. The dustjacket is

not clipped and shows the original price of $3.00. It is worn along the spine tips

with slight loss, the spine appears lightly sunned, else it is near fine.

Author's first full-length book, and the basis for the MGM movie. It is the true

and very funny tale of the trailer that grew and grew until it became a fearsome


Jacket illustration by Paul Galdone.