Item #55936 STARS. Robinson Jeffers.
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Pasadena: The Flame Press, 1930. First edition, first state or printing [Alberts A62; Broomfield A11a]. Printed by Ward Ritchie. Bound in original black paper covered flexible boards with errata slip tipped in, as called for, and printed on imported Italian deckle-edged Fabriano watermarked wove paper throughout. According to the Alberts' bibliography, this is one of about "six surviving copies." The rest were destroyed because of typographic errors. It should be noted however that Broomfield's bibliography makes a solid case that at least 15 copies survived. Ritchie himself recalled that "only about 15 copies" of the first issue were bound in black boards (as cited in the Robinson Jeffers Newsletter No. 74 article "Ward Ritchie: In Memorium" by Tyrus Harmsen). And, in a February 23, 1978, letter he wrote to Thomas Goldwasser, then at Serendipity Books, he stated there were 15 copies and spoke to the origin of Alberts' mistake: "I bound up about fifteen copies and had given away six (from which Alberts got his information) when Larry Powell called my attention to the many spelling errors." Whether this copy is one of six, or one of fifteen, it is undeniably rare. It prints two sonnets of Jeffers' that had previously only appeared in The Bookman. The Flame Press was Ritchie's "studio" in Clyde Browne's Abbey of San Encino, a printing shop built of stone under the sycamore trees in "Garvanza Oldtown," Browne's name for the area. Browne is said to have helped with the binding. Includes a copy of Ritchie's letter to Goldwasser and a TLS to Mears from Peter Howard at Serendipity. About fine. Exceedingly rare. [Broomfield A11a].
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Price: $7,500.00

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