Vallejos of California by Madie Brown Emparan. Gleeson Library Associates, University of San Francisco. MCMLXVIII. (1968). 464 pages. Designed and printed by Lawton and Alfred Kennedy. 7"x 10 1/2". Signed by author, Madie Brown Emparan, on the title page, and her husband, Richard Raoul Emparan, to whom the book is dedicated, on the dedication page. Laid in is a Christmas card from the Emparans with a short gift inscription from them on the back of the card. Also laid in is a blurb, in an envelope, about this book, talking about the book and stating that it is in a limited edition of 1000 copies. There is no other indication on the book as to how many copies were printed. A third lay-in is the original sales slip. Hard cover with no dust jacket. Bright gilt lettering is on the front cover and spine. Inside the front cover are remnants from bookplates and address stickers which had had attempted removal. The cover, the top of the page block, and the bottom of the page block, have a bit of soiling. Many of the pages were published attached to each other. Most of the page separations were successful, except some of the pages where the tear went awry, but not torn into the text, and one or two pages that were not separated. Otherwise, there are no previous owner markings. Binding is tight with no looseness to the pages. Pages are flat without creases, folds or dog-earing. Not ex-library, not remaindered, not a facsimile reprint. More photos available on request. For sale by Jon Wobber, bookseller since 1978. BL22b
"All readers will be grateful to Madie Brown Emparan for her 20-year research in preparation for this book. She had access to a great number of unpublished letters and documents.....Here for the first time is available the complete story on Vallejo. Every aspect of his life - as a writer, rancher, a military commander, colonizer of Northern California, an early advocate of annexation to the United States, a family man is covered in vivid detail. the illustrations which add much to the handsome typography, consists of twelve portraits; one of Vallejo and one of his wife, the remaining ten of his sons and daughters." - from the blurb about the book.