Northridge, California: Santa Susana Press, Northridge University Libraries, 1978. Blanco, Amanda; Burkhardt, Hans. Limited Edition. Folio in a case. No. A. P. 2 of 36 numbered copies and an unknown number of artist proofs, this the publisher's copy (Norman Tanis), quarto size, 28 leaves, signed and inscribed on the colophon by Amanda Blanco to Norman Tanis, each photographic mount numbered, signed and dated by Blanco, with four of the photographic mounts signed/inscribed by Jake Zeitlin to Norman Tanis; with a signed linocut by Hans Burkhardt. Fine. Item #18020702
This volume is a portfolio issued to commemorate the seventy-fifth birthday of notorious bookseller, collector, poet, publisher, and literary patron Jake Zeitlin (1902-1987); during his sixty years as a bookseller, Zeitlin founded the Primavera Press and co-founded the Rounce & Coffin Club, both of which were major supporters and producers of fine letterpress printing in the Los Angeles area for many years. His social group was known as the "Zeitlin Circle", and it played a significant role in literary culture, including organising the first American exhibitions of Käthe Kollwitz, Paul Landacre, and Edward Weston, as well as testifying in a California Supreme Court obscenity hearing on Henry Miller's novel "Tropic of Cancer".
He was also the editor of the short-lived though impactful literary journal "Opinion", participated in local politics, and served as a mentor to colleagues and book collectors; his influence is felt to this day. This portfolio features original photographs of Zeitlin during 1976-77 with friends and family, situated in his home and shop near La Cienga Blvd., Los Angeles, California; it also includes a signed linocut print made in tribute to Zeitlin by his friend Hans Burkhardt. With a lengthy introduction by Ward Ritchie, himself a renowned bookman and printer, proprietor of The Ward Ritchie Press, which is also based in southern California.
___DESCRIPTION: Loose leaves , title page printed in black and grey, thirteen mounted photographs (two copies of number 3), one colour linocut, printed on tan card stock, quarto size (11" by 8.5"), 28 leaves, text printed on recto only, [i-vi] ii-x [1 blank] [1 half title] [1 blank] 1-13 [mounted photos] [1 colophon] [1 linocut], number A. P. 2 of 36 numbered copies and an unknown number of artist proofs, signed and inscribed on the colophon by Amanda Blanco to Norman Tanis (the author of the Foreword to this work, this his copy as publisher), each photographic mount numbered, signed, and dated by Blanco, with four of the photographic mounts signed/inscribed by Jake Zeitlin to Norman Tanis; with a signed linocut (A. P.) by Hans Burkhardt. The leaves are housed in a sienna-yellow cloth four-fold portfolio with the title stamped in gilt to the upper flap, all enclosed within a brown Plexiglass slipcase.
___CONDITION: A fine copy, bright and complete, each page clean and without wear, no prior owner markings other than the signatures/inscriptions referred to above; linocut is slightly curled at the edges from being a bit too large for the portfolio, else fine; the portfolio is also fine, clean and without wear; the Plexiglass slipcase is near fine, strong and sturdy, with minor exterior wear.
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