A Medieval Letter from Italy

San Francisco: The Grabhorn Press, [1925]. Limited Edition. No binding. One of 50 copies printed for Emerson Knight (total edition 250), folio size, [4] pp. Near fine. Item #190313070

This publication by the inimitable Grabhorn Press is a holiday greeting from Emerson Knight (1882-1960), a landscape developer in Santa Barbara and parts of San Francisco, who became an associate of landscape engineer Mark Daniels in 1917 and was in charge of eighty acres of the J. Cheever Cowdin estate in Hillsborough (n. b., from the Online Archive of California).

Inside is a letter written in 1513 on Christmas Eve, to the Contessina Allagia degli Aldobrandeschi; the letter is full of beauty and encouragement, and is often thought to be written by the Italian friar Giovanni Giocondo (ca. 1433-1515), although the true authorship is uncertain.

___DESCRIPTION: One sheet folded once to make four pages, fore- and top edges uncut, text in black with printer's device of the Grabhorn Press on the front page, text in red and black with red initial capital on the third page; handset Poliphilus type, German moldmade paper, folio size (15" by 10"), one of 5 copies printed for Emerson Knight (total edition 250), unnumbered.

___CONDITION: Near fine, clean, without wear but for a shallow crease along the top edge, light toning to the edges.

___CITATION: Grabhorn Press Bibliography no. 79.

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Price: $200.00

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