by William Zane Chamlee
The coming-of-age story of David Samuel Chamlee, born in 1857, told by his grandson in a Humanities term paper written while attending Claremont Men’s College in the 1950s.
The story begins with Dave Chamlee’s boyhood on a homestead in Tennessee, his travels as a young man to work on the docks of the Mississippi River and on to his years as a working cowboy in Texas. It concludes with his arrival in California where he spent the remainder of his days.
The text is accompanied by research notes supported by public records and census data, a map and photographs from the family archive.
The Young Manhood of Dave Chamlee is letterpress printed with hand set Centaur and Arrighi, Massey Initials and ornaments on handmade Khadi paper. The map background is a suicide linoleum block; the map details and photographs are printed from polymer plates. The signatures are sewn into a bison leather cover with a wrap band, ties, tackets and deer horn buttons. All design, presswork and binding are done by Rebecca Chamlee.
Rebecca Chamlee has published contemporary literature in innovatively designed, letterpress printed, hand-bound limited-edition fine press and artist’s books under the imprint of Pie In The Sky Press since 1985. She is an associate professor of book arts at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles.