One of 385 copies printed by John Henry Nash. With Estelle Doheny's bookplate on front pastedown.
San Francisco: John Henry Nash, 1931. Drawings by William Wilke.
Folio, handmade paper covered boards with printed paper label, foredge untrimmed. Spine with some wear, slight rubbing of edges, bookplate with offset on first three leaves.
"Printed on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the disaster of nineteen hundred and six that destroyed the body but not the soul if the city of Saint Francis by the Golden Gate. It is with many San Franciscans a pious belief that Saint Francis of Assisi watches tenderly and lovingly over the great metropolis that bears his name. Certainly San Francisco has been greatly favored, and never more so than in nineteen hundred and six when its physical structure was burned to ashes in a fire that only served to refine the gold of its spirit. Let it not be forgotten that in that April catastrophe the only Mission in California dedicated to Saint Francis--commonly called the Mission Dolores--escaped destruction and stands today, a sublime memento of the city's Spanish beginning in seventeen hundred and seventy-six. May it not be thought, without fetching a fancy too far, that the Saint was mindful of his own, and prayed in heaven, as once before on earth, that brother fire be merciful"..John Henry Nash. Old world style of type and page design .