Jun 13, 2017 - Sale 2451

Sale 2451 - Lot 193

Price Realized: $ 438
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Estimate: $ 500 - $ 750
WALL, BERNHARDT. The Capitols of the Southern States 1861. 30 miniature etchings with decorative ochre borders on heavy wove paper, of which 19 are signed, plus etcher's label attached at rear. 4to, bound by Wall in grey cloth spine over etched boards; dust jacket with etched spine label, toned as usual. TLS with added manuscript notes to Williams laid in, explaining the background of the book. 1 folded clipped 8vo sheet used for one of the etched capitols from the book. 10 July, 1950, in original mailing envelope. trial copy number one, from a limited edition of 100 copies signed by wall. Sierra Madre, 1950

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The following Bernhardt Wall material comes from the family of Natalie Williams of Marshall, Texas. Williams was a close lifelong friend of the pioneer American etcher and printer of fine press books. Though Wall began his career as a commercial lithographer and achieved much success, a trip to the Southwest in 1915 so inspired him that he devoted his future work to chronicling that region in print and image. The following lots, which contain inscribed books, graphics, and ephemera, include the richest section of her library of Walliana from that period. A portion of Williams's collection was previously acquired by the Cushing Memorial Library at Texas A&M University.