New York: William Edwin Rudge, (1930). Limited Edition. Hardcover. One of 500 copies, folio size,  pp. Fine / near fine. Item #20082956
Bertram Richard Brooker (1888-1955) was multi-talented: although he is perhaps best remembered today for his artwork, he was also a writer, awarded with the very first Governor General's Award for fiction in 1936; he owned and operated a motion picture theatre for a time, and worked beginning in 1927 as an advertising executive.
As an artist he was the first Canadian to exhibit abstract art in 1927. At that time, the concept of "abstract art", which sprang out of cubism, was just coming into its own. Brooker's two works, "Sounds Assembling" (1928) and "Alleluiah" (1929) are both important early examples of abstract art.
This work, published in 1930, was likely inspired by Brooker's "Alleluiah" and contains certain common elements, with nature wildly filling each frame in tension with mankind. As of this writing, there are only two other copies available online, only one of which has the scarce dust jacket; with no copies listed in auction records.
___DESCRIPTION: Board covered with tan paper, the front board a drawing by Brooker with the title leaping from a mountainside, black lettering and decorations on the spine, fore- and bottom edges untrimmed, a total of ten black-and-white illustrations, each on the verso, with corresponding text (single verses) drawn from I and II Kings on the facing recto pages; folio size (12 1/8" by 9 1/4"),  pp. (page count includes the illustrations). In a dust jacket which, although not clipped, has no printed price, the design exactly mirroring the book.
___CONDITION: Volume fine overall, with clean boards, straight corners without rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; the front board very slightly bowed, a few light spots of foxing and toning from the jacket on the endpapers, and a vintage sale price and code in pencil at the top of the front pastedown. The unclipped (and unpriced) dust jacket near fine, clean overall with just a few stray spots, with a minimal amount of edgewear mostly at the head and tail of the spine with a miniscule amount of paper loss. Overall a stunning example of this work.
___CITATION: Information on the artist from the web site of The Canadian Encyclopedia.
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