The Devil's Dictionary

New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1972. Kredel, Fritz. Limited Edition. Hardcover. No. 351 of 1500, quarto size, 253 pp., signed by Fritz Kredel, with LEC Monthly Newsletter and Announcement. Fine / near fine. Item #19062601

Journalist and fiction writer Ambrose Bierce (1842- ca. 1914) was a prolific and diverse writer, often drawing from his experiences in the American Civil War, and writing in genres and forms such as realism, horror, and poetry; he spent much of his time in San Francisco writing for publications there, including William Randolph Hearst's "The San Francisco Examiner". "The Devil's Dictionary" is a satirical look at common words, with humorous definitions written by Bierce; the work was composed over three years and was published as installments in various magazines and newspapers.

German graphic designer Fritz Kredel (1900-1973) provides woodcuts for this edition, satirical and playful in style, heightening the wit and energy of the dictionary's language.

___DESCRIPTION: Quarter red leather with black cloth boards, gilt ornament on the front board, black leather spine label with author's name in gilt, gilt lettering and rules on the rest of the spine, top edge stained red, marbled endpapers in red and black, title page in red and black with full-colour woodcut by Fritz Kredel, woodcuts printed in black by Kredel throughout; monotype Bell and Tuscan Ornamental, Curtis ivory-toned rag laid paper, quarto size (11.5" by 7"), pagination: [i-v] vi-xii [1-2] 3-239 [240] [1 colophon], one of 1500 copies, this number 351, signed by Fritz Kredel on the colophon. With the announcement, one sheet, and LEC Monthly Newsletter, one sheet folded once to make four pages, with horizontal crease for mailing. In a glassine wrapper, housed in a slipcase covered in red and black marbled paper, with a red paper spine label with black lettering and illustration.

___CONDITION: A fine copy; the covers clean, the corners straight and unrubbed, the binding tight with solid hinges, the interior clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; clean, crisp, as new. The announcement and Monthly Newsletter are fine, clean and without wear. The glassine wrapper is near fine, clean, with light wear to the bottom edge, and small chips to the cornes and head and tail of the spine. The slipcase is fine, strong and sturdy, clean, without wear.

___CITATION: LEC Bibliography no. 451.

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Price: $100.00