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Fahey Herbert Early Printing in California

First Edition Prices, Values and Auction Results

Agustin Zamorano (1798–1842) is not an everyday name but he is identified as being the first man to bring printing to California. Author Herbert Fahey brings this man’s contributions to life as well as the early dawning of the printing industry in California through his book Early Printing in California. It describes the crude wood- block printing of the Mexican province to California’s Gold Rush days.  There were 400 copies of Fahey’s first edition (1956) printed by the Grabhorn Press that can expect to sell for $50-$200 at auction. An earlier version was published by The San Francisco Club of Printing House Craftsmen in 1949 page and sells for about $75.

We collected a sample of 20 auction results of Fahey, Herbert's Early Printing in California: From Its Beginning in the Mexican Territory to Statehood, September 9, 1850 from 1 different auction houses. The lowest overall price realized in our sample was $48 and the highest overall price realized was $204. The overall average price was $134 and the median price realized for the book was $132. There were 17 auctions (85%) with a price realized below the low estimate, 0 auctions (0%) exceeding the high estimates, and 3 auctions (15%) within the range of the low and high estimates. Auctions of interest include: a PBA sale on May 08, 2008 of a 1956 - Book Club of California edition for $192 that described as "near fine"; a PBA sale on October 11, 2007 of a 1956 - Book Club of California edition for $204 that described as "near fine";

Recent Auction Results:

Auction House Auction Date Author Title City Publisher Year Estimate Sale Price Auction Page Other Copies
PBA December 17, 2015 Fahey, Herbert. Early Printing in California: From Its Beginning in the Mexican Territory to Statehood, September 9, 1850 San Francisco Book Club of California 1956 $100-$150 $72 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA October 9, 2014 Fahey, Herbert. Early Printing in California: From Its Beginning in the Mexican Territory to Statehood, September 9, 1850 San Francisco Book Club of California 1956 $10-$100 $60 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA August 14, 2014 Fahey, Herbert. Early Printing in California: From Its Beginning in the Mexican Territory to Statehood, September 9, 1850 San Francisco Book Club of California 1956 $10-$100 $48 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA August 2, 2012 Fahey, Herbert. Early Printing in California: From Its Beginning in the Mexican Territory to Statehood, September 9, 1850 San Francisco Book Club of California 1956 $200-$300 $144 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA July 19, 2012 Fahey, Herbert. Early Printing in California: From Its Beginning in the Mexican Territory to Statehood, September 9, 1850 San Francisco Book Club of California 1956 $200-$300 $132 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA October 20, 2011 Fahey, Herbert. Early Printing in California: From Its Beginning in the Mexican Territory to Statehood, September 9, 1850 San Francisco Book Club of California 1956 $200-$300 $120 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA October 6, 2011 Fahey, Herbert. Early Printing in California: From Its Beginning in the Mexican Territory to Statehood, September 9, 1850 San Francisco Book Club of California 1956 $200-$300 $120 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA May 19, 2011 Fahey, Herbert. Early Printing in California: From Its Beginning in the Mexican Territory to Statehood, September 9, 1850 San Francisco Book Club of California 1956 $200-$300 $120 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA April 7, 2011 Fahey, Herbert. Early Printing in California: From Its Beginning in the Mexican Territory to Statehood, September 9, 1850 San Francisco Book Club of California 1956 $200-$300 $132 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA July 22, 2010 Fahey, Herbert. Early Printing in California: From Its Beginning in the Mexican Territory to Statehood, September 9, 1850 San Francisco Book Club of California 1956 $200-$300 $180 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA January 21, 2010 Fahey, Herbert. Early Printing in California: From Its Beginning in the Mexican Territory to Statehood, September 9, 1850 San Francisco Book Club of California 1956 $200-$300 $120 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA October 8, 2009 Fahey, Herbert. Early Printing in California: From Its Beginning in the Mexican Territory to Statehood, September 9, 1850 San Francisco Book Club of California 1956 $200-$300 $168 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA September 3, 2009 Fahey, Herbert. Early Printing in California: From Its Beginning in the Mexican Territory to Statehood, September 9, 1850 San Francisco Book Club of California 1956 $250-$350 $156 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA May 8, 2008 Fahey, Herbert. Early Printing in California: From Its Beginning in the Mexican Territory to Statehood, September 9, 1850 San Francisco Book Club of California 1956 $250-$350 $192 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA October 11, 2007 Fahey, Herbert. Early Printing in California: From Its Beginning in the Mexican Territory to Statehood, September 9, 1850 San Francisco Book Club of California 1956 $250-$350 $204 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA October 19, 2006 Fahey, Herbert. Early Printing in California: From Its Beginning in the Mexican Territory to Statehood, September 9, 1850 San Francisco Book Club of California 1956 $200-$300 $192 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA July 13, 2006 Fahey, Herbert. Early Printing in California: From Its Beginning in the Mexican Territory to Statehood, September 9, 1850 San Francisco Book Club of California 1956 $200-$300 $156 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA April 27, 2006 Fahey, Herbert. Early Printing in California: From Its Beginning in the Mexican Territory to Statehood, September 9, 1850 San Francisco Book Club of California 1956 $200-$300 $168 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA April 8, 2004 Fahey, Herbert. Early Printing in California: From its Beginning in the Mexican Territory to Statehood, September 9, 1850 San Francisco Book Club of California 1956 $100-$150 $132 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA December 11, 2003 Fahey, Herbert. Early Printing in California: From its Beginning in the Mexican Territory to Statehood, September 9, 1850 San Francisco Book Club of California 1956 $120-$180 $72 PBA Copies for Sale