Item #19052021 Words at Play. Adam Smart, W. R. Davenport, Illustrations, Alfred Sutro.
Words at Play
Words at Play
Words at Play
Words at Play
Words at Play
Words at Play
Words at Play

Words at Play

[San Francisco]: [The Grabhorn Press], [1939]. Davenport, W. R. Limited Edition. Hardcover. One of 500 copies, folio size, [44] pp., with a short ANS from Alfred Sutro (Adam Smart) to Aurelia Henry Reinhardt. Near fine. Item #19052021

Alfred Sutro (1869-1945), a lawyer residing in San Francisco, was an avid book lover and collector, and was president of the Book Club of California in San Francisco; "Words at Play" was published under his pseudnym Adam Smith. Printed by the Grabhorn Press, this anecdotal book of children's rhymes was conceptualized by Alfred Sutro for his grandchildren, and includes drawings by W. R. Davenport, whose charming illustrations accompany the poetry's playfulness and wordplay.

This volume with the Ex-Libris of Aurelia Henry Reinhardt, the Ex-Libris illustration a bust of Dante with a quote from "Paradise" below. Per the John Henry Nash (who published a sumptous four-volume set of Dante) bibliography, "Dr. Reinhardt is an acknowledge authority on Dante and the Divine Comedy and her critiques are important contributions to Dantean literature." Dr. Aurelia Isabel Henry Reinhardt (1877-1948), a graduate of Cal and Yale, served as the President of Mills College for almost thirty years and was extremely active internationally in many issues including education and women's rights.

Loosely laid into this volume is a slip of paper upon which is printed "Compliments of Alfred Sutro"; written above and below the printed words, in sepia ink, Sutro wrote the following short note to Reinhardt: "This copy of 'Words at Play' to Dr. Auralia Henry Reinhardt, who is not above liking a book for grandchildren, with the cordial greetings and ["Compliments of Alfred Sutro"] , January 11, 1939".

___DESCRIPTION: Quarter rose cloth with white and red decorative paper boards, gilt lettering on the spine, fore- and bottom edges uncut, title page printed in rose and black, twenty-two full-page illustrations by W. R. Davenport in black and pink with text inset; Benedictine linotype, machine-made paper, folio size (12.25" by 9"), pagination: 44 unnumbered pages, all versos blank, one of 500 copies, unnumbered. Compliments slip with note from Sutro, measuring 4 3/8" by 2", loosely laid in as set forth above. Lacking the plain brown laid paper dust wrapper.

___CONDITION: Near fine, with clean boards, straight corners, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and other than the Ex-Libris of Reinhardt (as described above) entirely free of prior owner markings; light rubbing to the corners, and some offsetting to the edges of the text block from the glue used on the front pastedown endpaper. The compliments slip fine.

___CITATIONS: Grabhorn Bibliography, no. 308; O'Day p. 44.

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Price: $200.00