12 Woodcuts for Shakespeare's Sonnets [woodcut title from paper label on upper cover].

[New York?]: nd ["ca. 1931" from OCLC]. First edition (?). 4to. Issued without a title page. Each of the 12 wood cuts (all 9 1/2 x 7 inches), all of which are signed by the artist in the lower margin, is mounted inside a thick paper folder, with its printed sonnet mounted on the facing leaf; the represented Shakespeare sonnets are numbers 7, 12, 27, 34, 53, 66, 97, 106, 116, 123, 127, and 144. Accompanied by two 1940 autograph letters from Friedlander to Mildred Boericke in Philadelphia, thanking her for support and bestowing on her his winning print "Job" after a print competition she sponsored with the Print Club of Philadelphia and commenting to her "Is there something more encouraging than understanding?" Also accompanied by a photograph of the artist (9 3/4 x 7 1/2 inches). Friedlander (1890-1968), a native of Latvia, studied in Italy in the 1910s, with Maxim Gorky and at the Academy of Rome, and emigrated to New York in 1937, "working there full time as an artist until his death. He is best known for his woodcuts and etchings, and many museums have works by the artist, including the Smithsonian, Bibliothèque Nationale, and the Brooklyn Museum" (OCLC). OCLC locates one copy, under the title "Isac Friedlander Woodcuts, circa 1931" (Rochester Institute of Technology), describing a title page, but not a wrapper with mounted woodcut title label. Contents fine (with a worn front wrapper). Original black front wrapper (brittle, edges chipped) with printed paper woodcut label. (#7780). Item #60590

Price: $1,500.00

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