Title A. M. B. Some Aspects of His Life and Times Begun in Playful Mood for his Entertainment on his 75th Birthday and now Completed for his Sorrowing Friends as a token of Remembrance and Affection.
Book Condition Collectible: Like New
Jacket Condition Like New
Edition First Edition
Publisher San Francisco: The Grabhorn Press, 1941
Seller ID GG217-032
LIMITED EDITION of 250 copies privately printed by the Grabhorn Press for Samuel I. Wormser printed in handset Goudy Modern on mold made paper. 4to. 11 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches. [viii], (14) pp. Frontispiece portrait of Bender is a reproduction of an etching by Max Pollak, title page and decorations printed in blue and black ink, 2 black-and-white photographic portraits of Bender tipped in, colored cartoon of Albert Bender by Dan Sweeny laid-in inside the rear cover; text clean, unmarked. Quarter beige linen, decorations in blue from foot to head of cloth where the cloth meets the blue paper covers, blue paper over boards, illustration on front cover, printed paper spine label, original plain paper dust-jacket; binding square and tight, some very light fading to the dust-jacket and to the end-papers. Presentation slip of Samuel I. Wormser laid in. Also laid-in is a form letter from the Library of Congress, acknowledging receipt of this book into the Library's collections with the printed signature of Archibald MacLeish, Librarian of Congress. Fine. The text of this volume explores the life and accomplishments of Albert Maurice Bender (1866-1941) by a friend of long-standing. While Lewis remarks that "Not one of the facts here assembled is of the slightest importance to anyone," they do reveal a striking word image of Bender the man, and reveal a very different time from that of the twenty-first century. The frontispiece is a reproduction of an etching of Bender by Max Pollak (1886-1970) a Czech-born American painter and printmaker, one of whose specialties was portraiture; Pollak lived in San Francisco beginning in 1938. Also included is a humorous portrait of "Albert Bender and other benders" signed in the plate by Dan Sweeney (1888-1958), California book and hotel label illustrator, that includes African-American train porters and attendants, which also conveys an era that no longer exists. Do not expect to find a copy of this title in better condition. REFERENCE: Magee and Magee, Bibliography of the Grabhorn Press, 1940-1956, No. 349.
Oscar Lewis, Albert M. Bender, A. M. B. Some Aspects of His Life and Times Begun in Playful Mood for his Entertainment on his 75th Birthday, Grabhorn Press, Limited Edition, Fine Press