[San Francisco]: [The Book Club of California, printed by the Grabhorn Press], 1927. Angelo, Valenti. Limited Edition. Vellum. No. 57 of 250 copies, duodecimo size, 45 unnumbered pp., with slipcase. Near fine. Item #20032501
"The Gentle Cynic" is a translation of the Book of Ecclesiastes, the title of which is a Latin transliteration of "Kohelet", a pseudonym used by the author (n. b., info from Wiki). Morris Jastrow, Jr., (1861-1921), a librarian and scholar of Judaism, translated the work in 1919, writing, "I have chosen the book commonly known as Ecclesiastes, because of the intensely human interest attaching to this specimen of the ancient literature of Palestine."
This edition, published by The Book Club of California and printed by the Grabhorn Press, includes an illustration and initial capitals in red, blue, and gold by printer and illustrator Valenti Angelo (1897-1982), who created a myriad of book illustrations for the Grabhorn Press and others. This book was intended as a companion volume to "The Song of Songs", the eighteenth publication by The Book Club of California.
___DESCRIPTION: Full vellum (per BCC bibliography; cited as parchment in Heller & Magee), with blue linen ties, black lettering on the spine, fore- and bottom edges uncut, title page with black lettering and red ornaments, black line drawing headpiece by Valenti Angelo, twenty-four initial capitals in red, blue and gold by Angelo; handset Goudy Antique type, handmade Whatman paper, duodecimo size (7.5" by 5"), pagination: 45 unnumbered pages, one of 250 copies, this number 57. In a slipcase covered with brown paper.
__CONDITION: Near fine, with clean boards, straight corners without rubbing, with the original ribbon ties firmly attached and still with their blue colour (often faded), a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; a small dark area near the head of the spine and the vellum covers with a few shallow, stray marks, else fine. The slipcase also near fine, strong and sturdy, clean overall with a spot or two of minor soiling, some rubbing to the head and tail of the spine with a very small area of paper loss at the spine and a short split (approx. one inch) to one seam. Overall an uncommonly nice example of this lovely work.
___CITATIONS: BCC no. 27; Heller & Magee no. 91; Valenti Angelo Bibliography p. 40.
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