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Bohne (Pall W.) Collection
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  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing Information
  • Preferred Citation
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Contents
  • Arrangement
  • Related Materials
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
    Title: Pall Bohne Collection
    creator: Bohne, Pall W., 1935-
    Identifier/Call Number: MS.2017.010
    Physical Description: 3 boxes
    Date (inclusive): 1932-2017
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 1.25 linear ft, 3 boxes
    Abstract: This collection contains various printed ephemera, proofs, and booklets produced by either Bohne himself or other California fine printers, as well as correspondence and other materials related to his involvement in the Rounce & Coffin Club and the private press scene at large.
    Physical Location: William Andrews Clark Memorial Library

    Acquisition Information

    Purchase, 2017.

    Processing Information

    Materials came stored in 2 record boxes containing a total of 8 labelled clamshell boxes. Within clamshell boxes, items were stored in various degrees of order. Some loose materials had been placed within the record boxes.
    This collection was processed and described in 2017 by Joyce Wang.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Pall Bohne Collection, MS.2017.010, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Biographical Note

    Pall W. Bohne (1935-2017) was an eminent member of the Southern California fine press and book arts scene who was known particularly for his expertise in letter press printing. As the operator of Bookhaven Press in Rosemead, California from 1967-1992, Bohne produced numerous works of ephemera and printed pamphlets, including a few miniature books such as Haiku with Birds (1967), Highlights in the History of American Whaling (1968), and Jabberwocky, the Famous Mock Heroic Epic (1971). In 1971, Bohne became a member of the Rounce & Coffin Club, a gathering space for bibliophiles founded by Grant Dahlstrom and Ward Ritchie. Bohne demonstrated his skills as an artisan through wood-engraving and bookplate production, and purportedly held a wide range interests in other fields such as beekeeping and blacksmithing.

    Scope and Contents

    The Pall Bohne collection consists primarily of printed pamphlets and ephemera from numerous fine printing presses around California between 1940-1980. However, it also contains a significant number of correspondence from various scholars, booksellers, librarians, and owners of private presses. Within the collection is also a smaller grouping of invitations, announcements, and newsletters accumulated during Bohne's participation in the Rounce & Coffin Club, including numerous copies of select Western Books Exhibition Catalogs from 1939-2003. The colleciton also includes numerous copies of proof sheets and printed cover stocks from Bohne's production of the pamphlet Evening at Deepdene, as well as the associated correspondence and notes.


    The materials in this collection have been arranged into 4 series that largely retain the original groupings and naming conventions given to the materials when they were purchased from John Howell.
    The collecton has the following four series:
    Series 1: Miscellaneous Printed Ephemera and Pamphlets, 1926-1993 Series 2: Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1955-1977, 2013 Series 3: Make-Ready for Evening at Deepdene, 1972 Series 4: Rounce & Coffin Materials, 1939-2005

    Related Materials

    The Clark Memorial Library also holds the Rounce & Coffin Club Archives as well as those of other California fine printing presses. Please consult our page of finding aids on the Online Archive of California for a complete list of processed collections.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Copyright has not been assigned to the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, UCLA. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Clark Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, UCLA as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Private presses -- California -- 20th century
    Small presses -- California -- 20th century
    Printers -- California -- 20th century