SCULPTURE AND MURAL PAINTINGS IN THE BEAUTIFUL COURTS, COLONNADES AND AVENUES OF THE PANAMA-PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITION AT SAN FRANCISCO IN 1915. San Francisco: Robert A. Reid, Official View Book Publisher, 1915. Oblong octavo, unpaginated, numerous illustrations, original tan wrappers printed in brown and embossed in blind, ribbon tied. First edition. Official guide book of the world's fair commemorating the completion of the Panama Canal and the 400th anniversary of Balboa's discovery of the Pacific Ocean. The hundreds of buildings were put up quickly with wood, burlap, plaster and paint, forming, in effect, a stage set. Formerly Clark Ashton Smith's copy, with his signature in black ink on the front free endpaper. Smith is remembered today as a writer, but sculpture, drawing and painting were important parts of his creative life, making this an attractive associational copy. The provenance of the book is the estate of Genevieve Sully, a close friend of the author who is credited with turning his attention in the 1920s to the writing of weird fiction. The fragile covers are chipped and stained, a good copy. (#137002).
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