Speaking at Seventy
San Francisco: Gelber, Lilienthal, Inc. [Printed by the Grabhorn Press], 1931. Limited Edition. Hardcover. One if 250 copies, quarto size, 12 pp. Fine. Item #23030806
This collection of poetry by Carmel resident Mary E. Bulkley was printed by the Grabhorn Press, one of the most highly renowned private presses in America in the twentieth century, run by brothers Edwin and Robert Grabhorn.
The author, Mary Ezit Bulkley (1856-1946), was born in New York City and was passionately interested in issues of social justice from an early age. In 1920 she moved to Carmel for health issues where she took up weaving and metalwork, along with continuing to write as she had for many years. This volume was actually written when she was seventy-five years of age; as she wrote in the short foreword, "Much as been written about old age, but usually by those still in the stress of middle life. May the fact that these verses are the record of one who has travelled in this Extreme West be their justification."
___DESCRIPTION: Quarter tan cloth with green decorated paper boards, green paper spine label with gold lettering, red and black text throughout; monotype Baskerville Italic, Van Gelder paper, quarto size (10" by 6.5"), 12 pp., one of 250 copies, this number 116. One of the Fifty Books of the Year, 1931.
___CONDITION: Fine; the paper covering the boards clean and unmarked, perfectly straight corners with no rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior clean and bright, and other than two small pencil notations on the rear pastedown endpaper free of prior owner markings; an outstanding example of this Grabhorn Press publication.
___CITATION: Grabhorn Press Bibliography, no. 156.
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