[Los Angeles]: Ward Ritchie Press, 1949. First edition. One of 200 copies. Designed by Ritchie and hand-set by Caroline Anderson and Albert Yarrish in 14/16 Mono Bembo type. Letterpress printed in black and red by Herman Coleman on Japan Charta Book 100% rag paper. Bound by Abby in printed Linweave Early American over boards supplied by Zellerbach. The essay first appeared in the January 18, 1948 edition of the New York Times Sunday Magazine, pages 16 and 26. Chosen as one of the Fifty Books of the Year for 1949 by the Institute of Graphic Arts and exhibited in Boston, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington D.C. The simultaneous exhibits opened April 4, 1950. Small chip from top back spine corner otherwise near fine with barest wear, as issued in patterned boards and without dust jacket.