[Berkeley]: [University of California]. SIGNED by 7 members of the Gun Club (dated 1970 & 1971). 8vo. 212 pp. Printed inscription at front "To Pop [Kessler], Our Genial Host." The verso of the dedication leaf reads "This book is a private collection and is not for sale". Red cloth with gilt illustration on front cover. Minor wear else a fine copy. Item #19610
The Gun Club is the 120-year-old all-male secret society of UC Berkely law students dedicated to alcohol and poetry. The Gun Club, which headquartered at Pop Kessler’s saloon,” a downtown Oakland bar popular among fraternity members since the late 1800s. Still active and veiled in secrecy today, it has included in its rolls alumnus Chief Justice Earl Warren and Eisenhower aide Herman Phleger. Contains verse by Gelett Burgess, Rudyard Kipling, Edgar Alen Poe, Brete(sic) Harte, Wallace Irwin, Robert W. Service, etc. “The one thing that they have in common is that they like to party and they have this creative streak and a wonderful sense of humor,” he said. “They’re blowing off steam, but they do it in a way that’s kinda cool. I kind of think of them as Mad Men meets Animal House. It’s classy and old-fashioned, but at the same time, when they get drunk, they get drunk.” - Earl Warren.