Berkeley: Privately Printed, New Algonquin Club (no printer or publisher mentioned), 1906.
First edition. Booklet with red ribbon tie at spine (later). This publication was advanced in commemoration of a banquet honoring Bibliophile Society member William K. Bixby, pictured in an etched frontispiece, by W. H. Bicknell (with tissue guard), as well as a fold-out photograph of the punch bowl presented to him. The story behind the actual physical making of this booklet is quite intriguing, with Strathmore Japan paper for the wrappers, Japan vellum for most of the text, regular paper for the punch bowl photograph, and finally, two parchment leaves were used for the dedication to Bixby, which is signed by five members of the committee: Whitelaw Reid, George C. Perkins, J. Severing Jones, John P. Woodbury, Henry H. Harper. Following the dedication to the Bixby description of the punch bowl are "Remarks by Albert Bushnell Hart, LL. D." Loosely inserted are two items: 1) A note on Hotel Touraine (Boston) stationery reading: "I had this copy of the Bixby brochure signed by all members of the Committee. They have all passed away, with the sole exception of myself. [signed] HH Harper." 2) A typewritten manuscript copy of Hart's "Remarks," with the following handwritten note from Harper: "Written by Albert Bushnell Hart LLD., Professor of History in Harvard University, who delivered the address in person at the banquet. Ink correction by Prof. Hart. Pencil changes by HH Harper, to whom MS was submitted for criticism. [signed] HHH." Some curling, wrapper hinge split about halfway. Hart's typewritten manuscript is splitting along the fold with separation. Approx. 1/4 of "hinge" remaining. A scarce and interesting association copy.
Price: $850.00 Item #4997