Highlights include some 800 WOODCUT PROOFS (most SIGNED): His woodcuts of Virginia, Bavaria, Pennsylvania Dutch Barns, for Thomas Gray’s Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard and other books, including those for Robert Frost, Sherwood Anderson, Roark Bradford, W. R. Burnett, Robert Coffin, Ellen Glasgow, et al. Original Prints, Paintings, Etchings, and Drawings. Greeting Cards and Bookplates. Prints by contemporary artists from Lankes' own collection, most signed or inscribed to him by Charles Burchfield, Rockwell Kent, Wanda Gag, Ruth Starr Rose, Eloise Howard, Victoria Huntley, and many more. HOLOGRAPH DIARY kept by Lankes for the years 1904-1906 (before he had any formal art instruction). OVER 3,000 LETTERS: correspondence with friends & family, artists, librarians, dealers, collectors, publishers, editors, et al, as well as a number of unpublished and very revealing letters to his paramour Madeleine "Peggy" Schuermann. BOOKS FROM LANKES' PERSONAL LIBRARY, including personal copies of his own books and books inscribed to him by various authors and artists. The collector and Lankes' scholar Welford Dunaway "W. D." Taylor, is a Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Richmond. Among his works on American literature and culture, are THE WOODCUT ART OF J. J. Lankes (Godine, 1999) and ROBERT FROST AND J. J. LANKES: RIDERS ON PEGASUS (Dartmouth College, 1996). He also edited and wrote the introduction for a new edition of Lankes' seminal book, A WOODCUT MANUAL (Univ. of Tampa, 2006), which added a considerable amount of additional material to the original 1932 edition. PLEASE NOTE: The collection includes Professor Taylor's own research performed for the writing of his books, as well as a formidable amount of research conducted by J. B. Lankes, the artist's eldest son, that has been collected and preserved by Taylor. This affords the purchaser a unique opportunity to receive – in addition to the artifacts herein – a considerable number of files with information gleaned about Lankes' life and work from numerous sources. Professor Taylor is quite willing to make himself available for questions, talks or lectures on the collection and to lend assistance where needed. It his aim to keep this collection together not only to further the study of Lankes' work but also to pay homage to the loving efforts of his friend J. B. Lankes who, in his own lifetime, worked to keep the memory of his father alive. WITHOUT A DOUBT, THE LARGEST COLLECTION EXTANT STILL IN PRIVATE HANDS. Comprehensive details on the collection, which are quite extensive, are available upon request to serious buyers only.