Lot 20: (BOOK ARTS.) Clelland, T. M. Harsh Words: An Address Delivered at a Meeting of The American Institute of Graphic Arts in New York City
December 1, 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Description: (BOOK ARTS.) Clelland, T. M. Harsh Words: An Address Delivered at a Meeting of The American Institute of Graphic Arts in New York City February 5th, 1940 on the Occasion of the Opening of the Eighteenth Annual Exhibition of The Fifty Books of the Year. 8vo, rose wrappers with printed cover label. inscribed and signed to printer-journalist bert chambers of The Aldus Printers: "a craftsman who deserves no harsh words . . ." * Three Autograph Letters Signed to Bert Chambers. New York: Privately printed at The Marchbanks Press, 1940
Notes: Autograph Letters: Scarborough, 7 September, 1926 discussing proofs (mentioning one by Rudolph Ruzicka) that Chambers sent him * Danbury, 10 October 1940 presenting him with this copy of Harsh Words, mentioning a visit by their friend, printer Arthur Allen (of the Allen Press), and about an invitation to talk to the Society of Printers in Boston about the state of "progress" of commercial printing ("it seems to me that that too has reached about the lowest point in its history just now") * Danbury, 23 January 1943 complaining of a burdensome workload on a book for The Limited Editions Club ("a damn good piece of printing"), his poor finances, and musing on a Universal press.