Important Botanical Books from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society; Sale Number 1169; 18 December 2002
Christie's, New York, 2002, Illustrated Wraps, , , Very Good
224 pp. 132 items. A ding to the bottom fore edge corner, lightly visible as a shallow bend on pp. 1-40. A small bump to top fore edge corner, else fine. Lushly illustrated, every item illustrated, many with full-page color, plus extra illustrations inside and outside front and back covers.
In 1945 the Zamorano Club published The Zamorano 80: A Selection of Distinguished California Books Made by Members of the Zamorano Club. The criterion for inclusion was that a selection above all should be distinguished, and that rarity and importance would be secondary. Yet, over time, it appears that the eighty books selected are both distinguished and important, and a number of them are definitely rare. The Club's goal was to choose those books considered cornerstones of a serious collection of Californiana. The books listed in The Zamorano 80 for the most part have withstood the test of time.
"Considered the most important work of literary history and criticism ever published, the Cambridge History contains over 303 chapters and 11,000 pages, with essay topics ranging from poetry, fiction, drama and essays to history, theology and political writing. The set encompasses a wide selection of writing on orators, humorists, poets, newspaper columnists, religious leaders, economists, Native Americans, song writers, and even non-English writing, such as Yiddish and Creole."