California Hill And Other Wood Engravings From The Original Blocks; Foreword By Arthur Millier. Paul Landacre.
California Hill And Other Wood Engravings From The Original Blocks; Foreword By Arthur Millier

California Hill And Other Wood Engravings From The Original Blocks; Foreword By Arthur Millier

Los Angeles: Bruce McCallister, 1931. First edition. Hardcover. 14 leaves. 32 x 24 cm. Limited edition, one of 500, this out of series, signed by Paul Landacre in ink on the colophon page, but not the publisher. The fourteen leaves each contain one wood engraving. An unbound, unsewn copy in portfolio form, the decorated boards without the small wood engraving that appears on the colophon (usually affixed to the upper front cover). This copy is possibly a trail issue. Unquestionably Landacre's finest illustrated book, a major hallmark of American wood engraving, plates printed from the blocks by Harold Young. A note in the colophon states: "The artist and the printer pray that he who may be tempted to mutilate this book will be reminded of those dark words of St. Nicholas of Arrinstine: Quem si quis male tractaverit, morte moriatur, in sartagine coquatur, caducus morbus instet eum et febres, et rotetur, et suspendatur. Amen." The plates fresh and bright, slight spine wear. Decorated gray boards. Near fine. Item #22186

Price: $4,500.00