Berkeley, Ca: 1976. Bentley, Harvey Wilder. No binding. Original calligraphy, mounted and rolled as a scroll, signed and dated by Harvey Wilder Bentley. Near fine. Item #CNBR200
Harvey Wilder Bentley (1900-1990) was a well-known calligrapher, printer and poet in Berkeley, California. In the 1930s Bentley bought an Acorn press, and with the help of his wife Ellen they established the successful Archetype Press on Euclid Court. After WWII and the dismatling of his Archetype Press, Bentley worked as a professor until his retirement from teaching in 1971, after which he dedicated himself to the epic poem "The Poetry of Learning" (Archetype Press,1975–85), which is a collection of 26 scrolls (some rolling out to about 15 feet in length). This broadside represents a lovely example of Bentley's calligraphy work during this period.
___DESCRIPTION: Original calligraphy in black and brown ink, with Wilder Bentley's signature in pencil at the bottom with the date "1976", next to (we assume) his chop; mounted at the top on gold-flecked handmade paper. The calligraphic work measures 28.5" by 9.5" and the paper upon which it is mounted measures 37" by 12.5". Enclosed in a rigid cardboard tube 13.5" long which is covered with blue paper with lavendar veins, black paper bordering both ends, two paper labels approx. 1.5" wide affixed to one side, one with hand-writing in what appears to be Bentley's hand "Calligraph: Two-part Inventory by Wilder Bentley, 1976" and the second with what appears to be another chop (different from the one on the scroll).
___CONDITION: Near fine overall, bright and clean, some creases from being rolled, and a short triangular tear at the top of the work, approx. one inch on each side (not obscuring the work), an additional short oval tear to the underlying paper, approx. 1.25" long; the cardboard tube also near fine with a few short scratches; overall a lovely specimen from an important Berkeley artist.
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