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A Modern Pilgrim's Print Book

Lazzell, Blanche et al

Provincetown, Mass. Paul Smith. 1935
An exceptional copy, inscribed by Blanche Lazzell and with her original contribution signed in ink.

The foreword by Mrs Harold Haven Brown (the artist Florence Bradshaw) and Paul Smith (the publisher of the present volume) states 'the impressions you hold in your hands were made directly from the artist's block without any interference from modern photo-engraving'.

The artists represented in the catalogue are: Tod Lindenmuth; Kal Knaths; Chas. Kaeselau; Oliver Chaffee; Blanche Lazzell; Agnes Weinrich; V. B. Rann; Saul Yalkeert; Shelby Shackelford; E. R. Eeuler; and Ada Gilmore.

This exceptional copy with a presentation in blue ink at the foot of the first leaf: 'To Martha Frances Sellers / from Aunt Pet (Blanche Lazzell) / Happy Birthday in 1950'; in addition, Lazzell has signed and inscribed her original linocut in black ink: 'Blanche Lazzell - 1935 - My Studio, Provincetown'.

Also included, loosely inserted, is the prospectus for 'Wood Block Prints by Blanche Lazzell' with black and white linocut Wharf Studios on the front.

This rare catalogue is scarce on the market and in institutional terms: we locate only three copies in institutional libraries, at Princeton, the Smithsonian and the NYPL.
[12 unnumbered leaves]. 8vo. (216 x 146 mm). Foreword and 11 original linocuts by various artists, each printed recto only and with facing descriptive text. Original publisher's stapled wrappers, titles and decoration in blue to covers.