[Monterey, CA]: [Hotel Del Monte], November, 1923. First Edition. 4to. 77 pp +  pp of two short stories "inserted for temporary safe keeping, to be used later where they may logically belong (and probably to be rewritten)"; (typescript, single sided). Black leatherette with the title, author's name and date in gilt lettering on front cover, "Del Monte Hotel" stamped to ffep; minor wear to extremities else a fine copy. Included in this offering is a fine copy of the first edition of "Dawn and the Dons" published in 1926. Item #19925
Tirey Lafayette Ford (1857 – 1928) was an American lawyer and Republican politician who served as a California State Senator and the 18th Attorney-General of California. He acted as General Counsel for the United Railroads in San Francisco. Following his retirement, Ford took up historical studies and literary pursuits. For a period of time he lived at the Hotel Del Monte in Monterey where his daughter married Samuel F. B. Morse, the owner of the hotel and Tirey’s son, Tirey Jr., became the general manager and superintendent of Del Monte Properties, Morse’s property corporation. There is no doubt that Ford and Morse knew each other from their mutual membership in the Bohemian Club in San Francisco. The friendship continued with numerous conversations about the history of the area when Ford was in Monterey. Morse persuaded Ford “to undertake a thorough and painstaking study of this playground in California, and under his encouragement and with his aid I have essayed to record its history..." - (Foreword, Dawn and the Dons). This offering is Fords' proposed outline for the work which eventually was published in 1926 as "Dawn and the Dons" with vignettes and sketches by artist Jo Mora.