New York: The Press of Valenti Angelo, 1949. Angelo, Valenti. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Number 27 of 250 copies, quarto size,  pp., signed by Saroyan and Angelo. Fine. Item #CNBR064
A short prose piece about Fresno and some of its "hoboes", by novelist William Saroyan (1908-1981), winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1940, and one of the best-known Armenian-American authors. A moralistic tale about the value of laughter in life.
Heightened with two decorations by Valenti Angelo, who also printed the book. Valenti Angelo (1897-1982), born in Italy, moved to San Francisco when he was nineteen years old, and ten years later, began cutting and printing book plates. He worked for many years for the Grabhorn Press, expanding in later years to many other publishers; during his career he illustrated approximately 250 books as well as printing a number of titles under the imprints "The Golden Cross Press" and "The Press of Valenti Angelo", of which this volume is one.
___DESCRIPTION: Original blue-green paper covered boards, title printed in black on yellow paper label on upper board, fore-edge uncut, vignette linoleum-cut illustrations on title-page and colophon, both printed in rose; quarto size (10" by 6 5/8"),  unnumbered pp., first edition, limited, number 27 of 250 copies, signed by William Saroyan and Valenti Angelo.
___CONDITION: A fine copy overall, internally bright and free of prior owner markings, covers are clean, binding is strong with solid hinges, the corners are straight; a hint of rubbing at the bottom edges near the corners, else fine.
___CITATION: BCC "Valenti Angelo, Author, Illustrator, Printer", p. 79
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