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The Dolphin: Number Two — A Journal of the Making of Books

4to. Black cloth with gilt spine lettering and silver decorations. 329pp, (18pp ads). Extensive line drawings and illustrations (some color). Near fine. A volume in the LECs "Special Publications" category, not one of its annual series of 12 subscription titles. This unusual copy bears tipped in at inner flyleaf a superb content Typed Letter Signed from LEC founder George Macy: 1p, 8½" X 11", New York, NY, 28 May 1934. Addressed to LEC subscriber Mortimer H. Hess. Very good. Writing on LEC letterhead, Macy chats in detail about the October 1933 first issue of "The Dolphin," concluding that "We lost a lot of money in publishing The Dolphin" -- while also noting that "We don't regret the loss." He explains: ". we want our members to acquire a more expert knowledge of the ways in which books are made; and The Dolphin is intended to assist in this acquisition. But, now that we are arranging to publish Number Two of The Dolphin, and since we know that the edition will be sold out on publication, we feel it is only right to let our members in on the advance subscription before opening the subscription lists to lesser mortals." Boldly signed in his usual brown ink. Contents include Joseph Blumenthal's "The Fitting of Type," Warren Chappell's "Illustrations Made with a Tool," Edith Diehl's "The Kinds of Binding," Elmer Adler's "The Making of a Book," D.B. Updike's "Some Notes on Liturgical Printing," Philip Hofer's "The Work of W.A. Dwiggins" (this with much color and a 16pp smaller size "The Drums of Kalkapan" excerpt) and more. Front pastedown bears custom bookplate of Frederick Z. Haas. Rear colophon notes limitation of 2,000 copies. NEWMAN A-6.
  • $200
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Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years

SANDBURG, Carl 2-volume set. Small 4to. Black cloth with gilt spine lettering. xvi, 480pp; vi, 482pp. Frontispieces, illustrations. Very good. Mild binding edgewear. Third printing (Volume One) and first edition (Volume Two), tight and nice, of this pair that began Sandburg's Lincoln biography (followed by the 4-volume "The War Years" in 1939). Half-title page of Volume One inscribed and signed large and bold in green ink by the author in year of publication: "Fay Lewis / Chicago / 1926 / Carl Sandburg." In addition, tipped to front flyleaf is a Typed Note Signed from Sandburg, 1p, 5 3/4" X 4", Chicago, IL, 28 May 1926. Addressed to Fay. Very good. On letterhead of "The Daily News" (with bit of "[Edito]rial Rooms" trimmed off), Sandburg tells his correspondent "Thank you for sending me the Mary Field letter. I can't return it as yet, without reading it a few times more. Not for its reference to me, fine as that is, but for its generally keen size-up of the American drift now. And one of these days I hope we'll have another of those good talks." Boldly signed simply "Carl" in green ink. "Mary Field" was certainly Mary Field Parton (1878-1969) was a noted journalist and friend of Clarence Darrow (as was Fay Lewis), Sinclair Lewis, Lincoln Steffens and other literary and political notables; this intriguingly cryptic Mary Field letter certainly worth further research. Second volume bears a fine 2½" X 1" clipped Sandburg signature in black ink tipped to front pastedown. Double signed copy of one of the classic Lincoln biographies.
  • $695
The People's Money

The People’s Money

TRENHOLM, W.L. 12mo. Green cloth with gilt spine lettering and front board gilt medallion. xv, 280pp. Very good. Binding tight and nice, though spine lightly shellacked (a common turn-of-the-century practice), thus slightly glossy, with hand-lettered paper shelf label near foot; internally fine and bright. Attractive first edition of these essays on money and its issues meant for the lay reader, penned by this banker and business executive (1836-1901), who served as 6th Comptroller of the Currency (1886-89). Addresses everything money related from the most abstract concepts to burning issues of the day such as the gold standard. From the collection of someone you would expect to own a copy: William B. Allison (1829-1908), the powerful Iowa Republican who, as U.S. senator from that state (1873-1908), was one of the "big four" who controlled the Senate; as chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee for most of those years, he championed tariff legislation and co-authored the Bland-Allison Act of 1878; as member of the Senate Finance Committee he was often courted by U.S. presidents to hold cabinet positions. Early 20th century bookplate on front pastedown notes "This book is part of Allison Memorial Collection Gift of Mrs. Jennie A. Brayton" and until deaccessioned was part of Allison's non-circulating collection at his hometown public library across the street from his Dubuque residence. Notes Leland L. Sage in his 1956 biography "William Boyd Allison: A Study in Practical Politics," Allison owned "hundreds of books on government, economics, history, banking, finance, and the tariff. An omnivorous reader, Allison doubtless read most of these volumes, if only for relaxation from the strain that accompanied his efforts to solve the many problems facing the Nation."
  • $125