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Lot 17: (ANVIL PRESS / VICTOR HAMMER.) Hölderlin, Johann Christian Friedrich. Gedichte . . . CXCVI-MDCCCIV.Platinum House
October 11, 2012
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Description: (ANVIL PRESS / VICTOR HAMMER.) Hölderlin, Johann Christian Friedrich. Gedichte . . . CXCVI-MDCCCIV. Printed in brown and black. Engraved title-page portrait. Folio, plain stiff boards, later gatherings a trifle loose, printed spine label, sunned; uncut; lined slipcase, cracked along one edge, toned, spine faded; Louis E. Goodman and Norman J. Sondheim bookplates on front pastedown. [Lexington, KY], 1949
Notes: number 35 of only 51 numbered copies. "Here in 1949, working alone, Hammer completed his American masterpiece, Hölderlin's Gedichte, a magnificent quarto volume in an edition of fifty-one copies, in the new uncial type, with the imprint of the Stamperia del Santuccio, used for the first time since leaving Europe." Pierpont Morgan Library, Art of the Printed Book 1455-1955; Masterpieces of Typography, S. 48.