San Fransicso: The Woman's Board/ (Printed at the Press of the Blair-Murdock Company, under the direction of John Henry Nash), 1915 [1916 copyright date on verso of title page].
First edition. Portraits and plates. xvii,,191, pp. Printed at the press of the Blair-Murdock Company, San Francisco under the direction of John Henry Nash in the month of January MDCCCCXVI--Colophon. INSCRIBED BY PRATT, WITH PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT BY TABER. Linen and boards, paper spine label. Front blank flyleaf neatly excised. Few small spots of browning on linen spine, light wear to paper covering at tips of corners, slightly over-opened at front flyleaf, else a very good, bright copy, with the text fresh and clean Item #333580
A history of the distinguished women members of the Woman's Board of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition.
Laid into the book is a (cameo) photo-mechanical photographic portrait of the author, Anna Pratt Simpson and "Fernanda" (with contemporary pencil notation on verso, in an unknown hand: "Fernanda & Mrs. Simpson"). The photograph, by Taber (of San Francisco), measures 4 by 5-1/2 inches, with cameo photograph measuring: 3 1/4 by 1 3/4 inches, depicting the two women, in high-collar white blouses, from the shoulder's up; photographer's embossed mark "Taber, S.F." beneath the image]. Photographer Isaiah West Taber (1830-1912) was born in Massachusetts and first moved to California in 1850, where he eventually opened his own studio in 1871
Warmly inscribed by Anna Pratt Simpson on the front flyleaf: "To My Faithful Magie- I'm sending my part in the history-making of our beautiful Exposition of cherished memory as a birthday token. It carries endless good wishes for now and all the years. Anna Pratt Simpson. May twenty-eighth, nineteen seventeen."
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