The Nonpareil and the Fly Trap: a typogastronomic revel by Ted Freedman 1951 ~ San Francisco's Fly Trap Restaurant to Private Press


Title: The Nonpareil and the Fly Trap: a typogastronomic revel arranged by Ted Freedman with the illustrative refreshments by Mark Robertson

Author: Ted Freedman
Illustrator: Mark Robertson

Description: One of 102 copies (being one of the 49 copies on Strathmore paper). Orange cloth with brown lettering on spine and small printing press pictorial on the front. Very slight fading along spine and incidental blemish on rear cover. Small ex-libris bookplate of D. [Dean] Steven Corey, former special collections librarian at the University of San Francisco and editor of the Book Club of California Quarterly News. Features an inserted 1949 Fly Trap Restaurant Bill of Fare. pp. [iv], 14, [1]. 8'' x 5.8''.

The wryly told account of the Nonpareil job press used by San Francisco's Fly Trap Restaurant for printing its menus between 1911 and 1949 and how it was then transferred to a private printer in Orinda.

The Platen Press was the long-running private press of Theodore ''Ted'' Freedman (1906-1976). His first Platen Press publication appeared in 1935 in Los Angeles; he and his press relocated to Orinda around 1944.

Binding: Hardcover
Condition: Near Fine

Publisher: Gwalchmai of California; Printed by the Platen Press [Orinda]
Year: 1951

Keywords: private press, private presses, Book Club of California, Fly Trap Restaurant, San Francisco, California, printers,

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