San Francisco: Linden Editions [printed by James Wehlage], (1992). Angelo, Valenti. First and Limited Edition. Hardcover. No. IX of XII deluxe copies, folio size, 136 pp., with a separate folder containing special leaves and ephemera, signed by James Linden. Fine. Item #20110902
Valenti Angelo (1897-1982) was a highly regarded designer, illuminator, and decorator of books over a career that spanned decades, doing much of his early work for the Grabhorn Press and the Book Club of California. He also printed his own books in extremely limited editions under the imprints of "The Golden Cross Press" and "The Press of Valenti Angelo".
Born in Italy, much of Angelo's work reflects his love for, and influence by, the stained glass windows found in so many cathedrals. His daughter, Valdine, relates in her touching introduction how "[d]uring the long, terrible years of World War II, my father despaired, raging over the destruction of people and cities, despondent over the loss of what he knew was irreplaceable. But his deepest anguish was for his beloved Italy and its magnificent works of art that he feared might be lost forever. For them, he wept...."
A sumptuous production published by Angelo's friend of many years, designer James Linden, who also hand-coloured the many illustrations in this book (not stated in the colophon, related to us directly).
___DESCRIPTION: Quarter leather over red linen boards, gilt lettering on the spine, a gilt decoration on the front board, fore- and bottom edges uncut, grey handmade Fabriano Roma endpapers, illustrated half-title, frontis a vignette by Angelo with hand-colouring by Linden, title page in red and black with a small hand-coloured decoration, Preface signed and dated by James Linden in pencil, each section opens with a three-line red initial capital, page numbers in red, approximately forty pages of reminiscences by D. Steven Corey, Anne Elizabeth Englund, Glenn R. Todd, James D. Hart, David E. Belch, Donald R. Fleming, Joyce and Adrian Wilson, Will H. Powers, John K. Maclean, and James Linden, these followed by the bibliography (1971-1982), the volume closes with a colour photograph of Angelo standing next to his printing press, replete throughout with decorations and illustrations many of which were hand-coloured by Linden, several tipped-in specimens, this copy no. IX of XII deluxe copies (there were also 100 standard copies); designed by James Linden, printed by James Wehlage, bound by Klaus-Ullrich Rotzscher, types Goudy's Kennerley and Kennerley Italic on Rives Heavyweight, folio size (13 1/4" by 9 3/8"), 136 pp. With a Fabriano Roma paper folder containing the prospectus,a bifolium with the title page which is also hand-coloured and annotated by Linden with the copy number and date of publication (12/24/92), a separate folder titled "Subscriber's Copy" containing "Continuities, To Remember Valenti Angelo, 1897-1982" which was printed by Adrian Wilson at The Press in Tuscany Alley done as a keepsake of The Book Club of California, The Roxburghe Club of San Francisco, and the Zamorano Club of Los Angeles signed and dated by Linden, and another separate folder titled "Original Examples, The Press of Valenti Angelo" containing two Angelo leaves mounted onto two folio leaves, one of them signed by Angelo in pencil, along with a few additional examples of his printing. Both items contained within a slipcase covered and lined with grey paper, with both a spine label in red and black and a front label in black with a gilt decoration.
___CONDITION: The entire work is as new; we acquired it directly from the designer and every component is clean and crisp, free of any wear or markings, as it is literally direct from the publisher.
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