San Francisco: The Lantern Press [Printed by the Grabhorn Press], 1927. Angelo, Valenti. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Copy X of the 50 special edition copies, quarto size, 29 pp., signed on the colophon by Jake Zeitlin, Edwin Grabhorn, and Gelber-Lilienthal; additionally, inscribed by Zeitlin on the second front flyleaf; frontispiece numbered and signed by Valenti Angelo in pencil. Fine. Item #16092501
"For Whispers & Chants" is a collection of poems by influential Los Angeles bookseller and poet Jake Zeitlin (1902-1987), who worked as a rare books dealer for sixty years, co-founded the Rounce & Coffin Club, and started his own fine press, the Primavera Press. The poems whisper of the southwest, and indeed, the volume is dedicated "To Texas, great treasure-cache of poems and legends".
This publication by the Grabhorn Press was listed as one of the Fifty Books of the year, and includes a frontispiece by Valenti Angelo (1897-1982), a highly regarded designer, illuminator, and decorator of books over a career that spanned decades, doing much of his early work for the Grabhorn Press and the Book Club of California. Angelo signed and numbered the frontispiece just below the image for this deluxe edition, which is not only signed by Zeitlin, Ed Grabhorn, and the publisher, but also is inscribed by Zeitlin "For Dunning", making this special volume filled with the history of its makers; as of this writing, no other copies of the special edition are available online.
___DESCRIPTION: Quarter white parchment with green paper boards, dark green paper label with silver ruled borders, decoration, and lettering on the front board, fore- and bottom edges uncut, frontispiece by Valenti Angelo with hand-colouring, signed and numbered by him in pencil underneath, title page with decoration by Angelo with hand-colouring; Goudy Modern type, Van Gelder paper, quarto size (10.25" by 7.25"), pagination: [i-viii]  2-20 [1 colophon], one of 50 copies of the special edition, this number X, signed by Jake Zeitlin, Edwin Grabhorn, and the publisher Gelber-Lilienthal, Inc. on the colophon. Inscribed by Jake Zeitlin on the second front flyleaf as set forth above. With vintage bookseller's ticket on the rear paste-down endpaper, "Books Old & New / Unity Pegues" in Hollywood, California. In a slipcase covered in green paper, with a dark green paper label with silver ruled borders, decoration, and lettering on the front board.
___CONDITION: Volume is fine, with clean boards, unrubbed corners, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and other than the inscription mentioned above, entirely free of prior owner markings; some light toning to the free endpapers, else fine. The slipcase is very good, strong and sturdy, with light soiling (including an old dampstain at the top) and light overall wear.
___CITATION: Grabhorn Press Bibliography, no. 96.
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