Jun 13, 2017 - Sale 2451

Sale 2451 - Lot 195

Price Realized: $ 2,500
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Estimate: $ 3,000 - $ 4,000
WALL, BERNHARDT. The Etcht Miniature Monthly Magazine. 12 issues. Printed in various colors on wove paper. Over 375 etched miniatures by Wall. 45x31 mm; 1 3/4x1 1/4 inches, laid into inset within Wall's handmade grey cloth board and paper folder, his etched numbers and manuscript titles along spines, light browning to folders and a few placement tabs (to keep books in insets) loose from dried glue, volumes fine. TLS by Wall to Natalie Williams discussing this set; single 8vo leaf, folded, with an etched miniature at head, 28 January 1948, laid into Volume 1. (Sierra Madre, January-December, 1948)

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number 2 of only 60 sets signed by wall and one of the most unique serials in the history of american printing. In the prospectus for this rare miniature periodical, Wall states: This magazine is my latest, and mayhap, my last toil in the field of periodical publishing. At my age [75 years] such a venture may seem foolhardy. I hate rest and rust. Hence I go on . . . the subject matter will be about well-known personages, bits of text, ... number 2 of only 60 sets signed by wall and one of the most unique serials in the history of american printing. In the prospectus for this rare miniature periodical, Wall states: This magazine is my latest, and mayhap, my last toil in the field of periodical publishing. At my age [75 years] such a venture may seem foolhardy. I hate rest and rust. Hence I go on . . . the subject matter will be about well-known personages, bits of text, and spots where history was made"--Wall, The Etcher of Books, quoted in Weber, Following Bernardt Wall: 1872-1956, Book Club of Texas, 1994, page 58. It was indeed a very personal exploration of themes for Wall, treating on baseball, the American West, art, travel, natural history, and other topics that enthralled him over the course of his long life.