Sierra Nevada Sequence. A Series of Sonnets. Illustrated with Original, Signed Wood Engravings by Kirk Martin.
Walker, Ardis Manly.

[Kernville:] Sierra Trails Press, [1968]. One of 107 copies, numbered in ink on the colophon (this is copy number 39) 35 loose folded sheets, unbound as usual. Thirty-two tipped-in wood-engravings by Kirk Martin, a student of Paul Landacre, depicting the beauty and grandeur of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, each signed by the artist. Wood engraved ornaments and initials. Engravings printed from the original blocks. Handset in Goudy Light and Hadriano. Printed on Ticonderoga Text. A near fine copy. Housed in a dark green cloth chemise with gilt-lettered spine and front board, hand-bound by Bela Blau. Binding extremities very slightly rubbed. Folio. (Item ID: 16601)


Ardis Manly Walker (b. 1901) was a California-born engineer, civil servant, local historian and poet. He was educated at Fresno State College, UCLA, and USC. After graduating from USC’s School of Engineering, he relocated to New York City, where he was employed as an engineer. He eventually returned to Kern County, California, where he became active in civil affairs and served as a justice of the peace. He also became a conservationist and wrote about local history. Walker published many books, works of prose and poetry. His papers are currently housed at Syracuse University. Sierra Nevada Sequence contains thirty-two of Walker’s sonnets.

Kirk Martin (1906-1991) is a Southern California-based artist, best known for his western paintings and wood engravings, and the brother of artist Fletcher Martin. He spent his early years learning printing from his father. After five years at Occidental College and the University of Southern California, he began his career as a wood-engraver under the influence of Paul Landacre

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