Tucson: The Peccary Press, (1991). Limited edition. Hardcover. Shaped binding so constructed as to resemble a bell when opened. Orange and blue cloth boards, the upper board suggesting the course of the Santa Cruz and with a blind embossed representation of Tumacácori. Brick red spine label, gilt.
Finely printed on a Vandercook Universal I letterpress and handbound by Mark and Linda Sanders. The colophon notes that the press was originally the press used by Jack Rittenhouse at the Stagecoach Press. The double spread title page is a work of art, printed with linoleum block, photoengraving and foil. It also appears hand-colored.
One of 150 numbered copies signed by Bernard Fontana.
This is the story of the Santa Cruz as it starts in what is now eastern Arizona, travels through northern Mexico then northward through Tucson and beyond. It is also the story beginning at least 5,000 years ago of the river as transport, first a trade route for the local peoples, then a route of exploration for the Spanish and then a US mail route.
A near fine copy., with only a trace of wear.
. Near fine. Item #20745