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Bernhardt Wall

Etched Books

In chronological order after Following Bernhardt Wall.

1. WALL, Bernhardt. Smaller World War Etchings. New York, [1920]. 35 cancelled etchings. Mostly brown and black inks, laid paper. Plain paper wrappers with olive green ribbon tie. Wraps soiled and worn. Wall’s signed presentation copy to Natalie Williams dated 1938.

     Limited edition.No limitation stated, probably a special copy pulled after plates had been cancelled.     $750.00

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2. Group of Wall’s first three published etched books, uniformly bound and in slip case.

VEST, George Graham. Man’s Best Friend, A Plea to a Jury. New York City, 1920. 15 etchings. Brown and green inks. 13 x 10.5 cm., wove paper, tissue guards. Hand-bound in three-quarter leather over brown cloth, spines gilt with raised bands (small ink stamp of Scroll Club, New York, on upper left corner of verso of front free endpaper). One of a set of three of Wall’s early etched books, uniformly bound and preserved in a brown cloth slipcase (see items #6 and #8 herein). Binding lightly rubbed, otherwise very fine. Wall’s manuscript note on front free endpaper, with an original pen and ink sketch of a dog: “This is the 2nd etcht book done in 1922 [sic]. This is the 3d etcht book, followed by several hundred more. Bernhardt Wall” Also with his note on preliminary leaf: “Personal copy Bernhardt Wall.” Presentation copy to Martin Burge, with calligraphic note in red, green, and black ink: “‘To Doc’ we give this Booklet Our Heart Goes With It. Barney May 12 1953. Me, too Doris.”

     Limited edition (“Personal” copy of 125 copies). Wall’s own Walliana list (September 1938) lists this as his first published etched book, excluding his privately issued World War Etchings. His note in the present volume is incorrect and should have been inscribed in this set’s copy of One Midnight with Roosevelt.

BROWNING, Robert. Love Among the Ruins. New York, 1922. 18 etchings. Various colored inks. 13 x 10.5 cm., wove paper, tissue guards. Hand-bound in three-quarter leather over brown cloth, spines gilt with raised bands (small ink stamp of Scroll Club, New York on upper left corner of verso of front free endpaper). One of a set of three of Wall’s early etched books, uniformly bound and preserved in a brown cloth slipcase (see items #2 and #8 herein). Binding lightly rubbed, otherwise very fine. Wall’s manuscript note on preliminary leaf: “The 3d etcht book Bernhardt Wall 1953.” Presentation copy with Wall’s calligraphic note in red and black ink: “To DR. MARTIN BURGE WE PRESENT THIS BOOKLET. Barney.”

     Limited edition (“Personal” copy of 250 signed copies). According to Wall’s own Walliana list (September 1938), this was most likely his second published etched book, excluding the privately issued World War Etchings. The three graceful aquatint illustrations uniquely compliment the mood of the poem.

WALL, Bernhardt. One Midnight with Roosevelt. New York City, 1922. 18 etchings. Various colored inks. 13 x 11 cm., wove paper, tissue guards. Hand-bound in three-quarter leather over brown cloth, spines gilt with raised bands (small inkstamp of Scroll Club, New York, on upper left corner of verso of front free endpaper). One of a set of three of Wall’s early etched books, uniformly bound and preserved in a brown cloth slipcase (see items #2 and #6 herein). Binding lightly rubbed, otherwise very fine. Wall’s manuscript note on preliminary leaf: “To the best of my knowledge this is the first etcht book in 1920 [sic]. Bernhardt Wall.” Presentation copy, with Wall’s calligraphic note in black and red ink: “To Dr. Martin Burge, Barney & Doris.”

     Limited edition (“Personal” copy of 250 signed copies). According to Wall’s Walliana (September 1938), this was actually his third published etched book, excluding the privately issued World War Notes. 

$1,450.00

 

3. VEST, George Graham. Man’s Best Friend, A Plea to a Jury. New York City, 1920. 15 etchings. Brown inks. 25.5 x 17.5 cm., heavy wove paper, tissue guards. Original hand-bound black cloth over dark olive paper-covered boards, hand lettered in gilt (faded) by Wall on upper cover. Fragile binding split and rubbed, end leaves browned due to acid migration from paper-covered boards. Inscribed by Wall on front free endpaper: “Copy No. 14 Bernhardt Wall.” Also with contemporary gift inscription: “To John McCutcheon Raleigh from his devoted Uncle George [McCutcheon] Christmas 1920.” Related news clipping illustrated by artist J.T. McCutcheon laid in at back.

     Limited edition (#14 of 125 signed copies).     $400.00

 

4. VEST, George Graham. Man’s Best Friend, A Plea to a Jury. New York City, 1920. 15 etchings (plus cover label). Mostly dark brown inks. 27 x 20 cm., heavy wove paper, tissue guards. Original hand-bound black cloth over dark brown paper-covered boards, etched label on upper cover. Fine.

     Limited edition (#66 of 125 signed copies).     $400.00

 

5. VEST, George Graham. Man’s Best Friend, A Plea to a Jury. New York City, 1920. 15 etchings (and 1 tracing). Brown and black inks. 13 x 10.5 cm., wove paper. Hand-bound in original grey boards with etched label on upper cover. Original grey paper dust wrapper with Wall’s ink title on spine. Mild to moderate foxing to wrappers, endpapers, and occasionally into text. Wall’s signed presentation copy, with an interesting note on this copy indicating it contains all the proofs of the final state except the dedication page. Included is a pencil sketch tracing by Wall.

     Limited edition (125 copies).     $500.00

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6. BROWNING, Robert. Love Among the Ruins. New York: Wall, 1922. 18 etchings. Various colored inks. 13.5 x 16 cm. (6-1/2 x 5-3/8 inches), heavy wove paper. Side sewn preparatory to binding, but unbound. Very fine.

     Limited edition (250 copies, unnumbered).  $400.00

 

7. BROWNING, Robert. Love Among the Ruins. New York, 1922. 17 etchings (plus cover etching). Green and brown inks. 15 x 11 cm., wove paper. Original hand-bound olive cloth over grey mottled paper-covered boards, etching on upper cover. Front hinge cracked. Wall’s penciled note on front free endpaper: “Etcher’s Copy Series #5 Bernhardt Wall.”

     Limited edition (#5 in the Etcher’s Copy Series, signed by Wall). Wall issued at least nine of his early works (1922-24) in this special, limited series.   $400.00

 

8. WALL, Bernhardt. One Midnight with Roosevelt. New York City, 1922. 18 etchings (plus cover label). Various colored inks. 27 x 20 cm., heavy wove paper, tissue guards. Original hand-bound black cloth over rose mottled paper-covered boards, etched cover label and spine label. Foot of spine and spine label chipped, edges worn, water stains to fore edge and top edge of covers, interior very fine, with Wall’s manuscript note at front: “Etched Printed Bound by Bernhardt Wall.” Presentation copy: “To Mrs Adelaide W. Fourman[?] Bernhardt Wall 8-14-22.”

     Limited edition (#27 of 250 signed copies).     $400.00

 

9. WALL, Bernhardt. One Midnight with Roosevelt. New York City, 1922. 18 etchings, plus cover etching, 5 signed by Wall. Various colored inks. 25.4 x 23 cm., wove paper. Hand-bound brown cloth over grey boards with etching on upper cover. Plain grey d.j. with etched spine label. Fine.

     Limited edition (#100 of 250 signed copies).    $400.00

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10. WALL, Bernhardt. One Midnight with Roosevelt. New York City, 1922. 18 etchings, wove paper, tissue guards. Various colored inks. 20 x 15 cm. Hand-bound in three-quarter sheep over brown cloth, spines gilt with raised bands, t.e.g., by Scroll Club of New York. Binding lightly rubbed, otherwise fine. Presentation copy with Wall’s manuscript note in pencil on preliminary leaf: “To Sheridan Gortan with my best wishes Bernhardt Wall 3-8-24.”

     Limited edition (#43 of 250 signed copies).     $350.00

 

11. WALL, Bernhardt. One Midnight with Roosevelt. New York City, 1922. 18 etchings (plus cover label). Mostly green and brown inks. 27 x 20 cm., heavy wove paper, tissue guards. Original hand-bound black cloth over mottled teal paper-covered boards, etched label on cover. Head of spine chipped, minor shelf wear, cover label rubbed, interior very fine, with Wall’s manuscript note at front: “Etched Printed Bound by Bernhardt Wall.”

     Limited edition (#29 of 250 signed copies).     $350.00

 

12. MARKHAM, Edwin. Lincoln: The Man of the People. New York, 1922. 16 etchings, plus cover etching. Various colored inks. 26 x 23 cm., laid paper. Original hand-bound grey cloth over plain grey boards, etching on upper cover. Dust wrapper with etched spine label. Very fine.

     Limited edition (#29 of 125 copies, signed by etcher). According to Wall’s limitation leaf, this is the second printing.     $375.00

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13. MARKHAM, Edwin. Lincoln: The Man of the People. New York, 1922. 16 etchings, one signed by Wall. Various colored inks. 32 x 25 cm., wove paper. Original hand-bound light slate blue wrappers with Wall’s calligraphic title on upper cover. Other than slight discoloration to wrappers, very fine.

     A large paper reissue of Wall’s Markham-Lincoln book, with added etchings dated as late as 1947. Limitation leaf omitted and with a different portrait of Edwin Markham (1921), a copy of Markham’s bookplate (1932), and the exceptionally large and handsome profile portrait of Lincoln (1944), Wall’s own favorite, and considered by many to be his most valuable etching.  $750.00

 

14. LYNCH, Virginia. Washington Irving Footprints. New York, 1922. 21 etchings, 6 signed by Wall, plus cover label. Various colored inks. 28.5 x 20.5 cm., heavy wove paper. Original hand-bound charcoal cloth over grey boards, etching on upper cover. Plain grey d.j. with etched spine label.

     Limited edition (#51 of 250 copies, signed by author and etcher). Weber, p. 33: “Virginia Lynch provided the text for this book dedicated to ‘Aleria Van Pelt Lynch whose forebears figured in the famous annals of Diedrich Knickerbocker,’ the pretended author of Irving’s History of New York (1809).” $400.00

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15. LYNCH, Virginia. Washington Irving Footprints. New York, 1922. 20 etchings, plus cover etching. Blue, green, and brown inks. 16 x 11.5 cm., wove paper. Original hand-bound olive cloth over grey mottled paper-covered boards, etching on upper cover. Front hinge cracked. Wall’s penciled note on front free endpaper: “Etcher’s Copy Series #5 Bernhardt Wall.”

     Limited edition. Wall issued at least nine of his early works (1922-24) in this special, limited series. Apparently Wall did not include the limitation leaf in this series.   $375.00

 

16. LYNCH, Virginia. Washington Irving Footprints. New York, 1922. 20 etchings, plus cover label. Various colored inks. 12.5 x 10 cm., wove paper. Original hand-bound brown mottled paper-covered boards, etched label on upper cover. Covers lightly rubbed, ink ownership stamp (Wilson Collection) on front free endpaper, else very fine. Wall’s penciled note on front free endpaper: “Etcher’s Copy Bernhardt Wall.” Presentation copy: “To Mr. E. Gottschalk with my best regards Bernhardt Wall 1-18-24.”

     Limited edition. As in the preceding copy, Wall did not include the limitation leaf.   $350.00

 

17. WOOD, Clement. The Laugher. New York: Bernhardt Wall, 1922. 14 etchings, plus cover etching. Mostly brown and green inks. 15 x 11 cm., wove paper. Original hand-bound grey cloth over grey mottled paper-covered boards, etching on upper cover. Front blank with a few short tears at sewing, otherwise fine. With Wall’s ms. note: “Etcher’s Copy—Series No. 5 Bernhardt Wall.”

     Limited edition (#5 in the Etcher’s Copy Series, signed by Wall). Wall issued at least nine of his early works (1922-24) in this special, limited series.   $250.00

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18. BLOOM, Vera. Empress Eugénie 1920. New York City, 1923. 19 etchings, plus cover label. 23.8 x 18.4 cm, laid paper, tissue guards. Various colored inks. Original hand-bound navy blue cloth over violet paper-covered boards, etched label on upper cover. Spine faded, boards beginning to fade, very light edge wear, corners bumped, interior fine.

     Limited edition (#20 of 50 copies, signed by etcher). Following Bernhardt Wall, p. 33: “This is a charming account about Empress Eugénie (1826-1920) which was written by Vera Bloom after meeting with the last of the French sovereigns. It is dedicated ‘with grateful remembrance to Count Primoli who gave me this magic memory.’”   $350.00

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19. BROWNING, Robert. Summum Bonum. New York, 1923. 9 etchings (plus cover etching). 15.5 x 11 cm., wove paper. Various colored inks. Original hand-bound olive cloth over grey mottled paper-covered boards, etching on upper cover. Very fine. Wall’s penciled note on front free endpaper: “Etcher’s Copy Series #5 Bernhardt Wall.”

     Limited edition (#5 in the Etcher’s Copy Series, signed by Wall). Wall issued at least nine of his early works (1922-24) in this special, limited series.   $275.00

 

20. BROWNING, Robert. Summum Bonum. New York, 1923. 9 etchings, plus cover label and tipped in card. 15.5 x 11 cm, Japanese paper, tissue guards. Various colored inks. Original white cloth, etched title on upper cover. Spinal extremities chipped, some staining to binding, front endpaper chipped, edges lightly browned, rear hinge starting. Signed by Wall in pencil on preliminary leaf “#22 Bernhardt Wall.”

     Limited edition (#22 of 100 signed copies).     $250.00

 

21. BROWNING, Robert. Summum Bonum. New York, 1923. 9 etchings (plus cover etching). 15 x 13 cm., laid paper. Various colored inks. Original red paper wrappers, etching on upper cover. Wrappers chipped, internally fine. Signed: “To Mrs Rose Kuper our best regards Bernhardt Wall Feb. 3 1931.”

     Limited edition (100 copies).     $200.00

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22. GRIFFITH, William. Three Poems. Pierrot, the Conjurer, Pierrot Dispossesed [sic], The Stricken Pierrot. New York, 1923. 13 etchings (plus cover etching). Various colored inks. 15.5 x 11 cm., wove paper. Original hand-bound olive cloth over grey mottled paper-covered boards, etching on uper cover. Very fine. Wall’s penciled note on front free endpaper: “Etcher’s Copy Series #5 Bernhardt Wall.”

     Limited edition (#5 in the Etcher’s Copy Series, signed by Wall). Wall issued at least nine of his early works (1922-24) in this special, limited series.   $250.00

 

23. BIBLE IN ENGLISH (OLD TESTAMENT: PSALMS 23). A Psalm of David. New Preston, Connecticut: Bernhardt Wall, 1924. 17 etchings, plus cover label, thin Japanese laid paper, tissue guards between most leaves. Green inks. 16 x 12 cm. Original tan sheep over brown mottled boards, etched label on cover. Sheep worn and fragile, split at preliminary leaves, some marginal foxing, interior generally fine except for occasional foxing and light wrinkling to colophon leaf. Wall’s signed presentation with his original ink sketch: “To Mr & Mrs Sheridan Gorton with best wishes from the Walls Jan. 1 1928.” Wall’s signed penciled note on preliminary leaf: “Miniature Etcher’s Copy.”

     Limited edition (limitation not stated). Not in Following Bernhardt Wall. Very rare. We had this etched book only once before. The etchings on very thin tissue have an unusual luminescence.  $2,000.00

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24. WALL, Bernhardt. The Tar Model Written & Etched by Bernhardt Wall. New York: Bernhardt Wall Publisher, 1924. 12 etchings plus cover etching, 3 signed by Wall. Various colored inks. 30.1 x 23.3 cm., heavy wove paper, tissue guards. Original hand-bound dark brown cloth over tan boards, etching on upper cover. Endpapers browned, otherwise fine. Very scarce.

     Limited edition (#1 of 50 signed copies). Weber, p. 34: “This essay about Jim McGee, taken from an article by Bernhardt Wall that first appeared in The Gulf Messenger in 1895, was etched for Wall’s Etched Quarterly (July-August-September 1922) and then issued as a separate in 1924.     $750.00

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25. LINCOLN, Abraham. The Gettysburg Speech. New York, 1924. 24 etchings, plus cover etching, 12 signed. Various colored inks, mostly shades of brown and black. 22 x 19.7 cm., heavy wove paper. Original hand-bound grey cloth over plain grey boards with 2 original canceled copper plates set within inside covers, etching on upper cover. Plain grey cloth dust wrapper. Light outer wear and a few minor stains, dust wrapper foxed, generally fine.

     Limited edition (#1 of 11 signed copies with two original cancelled copper plates: (1) A. Lincoln | Wall 1924; (2) COPY NO...THE GETTYSBURG SPEECH FIRST PRINTING—100 COPIES). Following Bernhardt Wall, p. 35: “This book contains the celebrated address on the famous Civil War battlefield by Abraham Lincoln on November 19, 1863... In some issues there are cancelled plates.”     $1,750.00

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26. LINCOLN, Abraham. The Gettysburg Speech. New York, 1924. 24 etchings, plus cover etching. Various colored inks. 21.5 x 19.5 cm., heavy wove paper. Original hand-bound grey cloth over plain grey boards with original cancelled copper plates set within inside of covers, etching on upper cover. Light marginal browning (more noticeable on boards, only slightly affecting blank margin of etchings). Leafs detached from original sewing. Original d.j. (worn and with tape repairs) with Wall’s manuscript title on spine (incorrectly citing this copy as No. 9 rather than No. 8).

     Limited edition (#8 of 11 signed copies with two original cancelled copper plates: (1) [Dead on battlefield] | Wall 24; (2) struggled here, have consecrated it...).     $1,500.00

 

27. LINCOLN, Abraham. The Gettysburg Speech. New York, 1924. 21 etchings (plus cover etching). Various colored inks. 27 x 20.5 cm., Japanese paper. Original hand-bound brown cloth over tan paper-covered boards, hand-ruling in brown ink on upper and lower covers and endsheets, etching on upper cover. Fragile boards lightly worn and chafed, light marginal staining to endsheets, light ex-library (call numbered penciled on front pastedown), interior very fine. Presentation copy: “To Mr. Alexander W. Hannah, Very Sincerely, Bernhardt Wall 3 4 1926.” Bookplate of Thomas Irwin Starr. Laid in are two additional sheets with three etchings relating to the Lincoln Fellowship of Southern California meeting in 1944:

1) This etching of the Lincoln Cabin was made as a demonstration of the art for the Lincoln Fellowship of So. California | Wall 1944 [illustration]. 7.5 x 10 cm.

2) [Invitation with two etchings]: We mortals are ever interested in the immortals... [illustration of Lincoln’s birthplace]. Scarlet. 4.5 x 7.5 cm. [With]: LINCOLN FELLOWSHIP OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA You are invited to attend a meeting: PLACE—Studio of The Bernhardt Walls [text]. Signed. 10 x 7.5 cm.

     Limited edition (#41 of 100 signed copies).     $700.00

 

28. LINCOLN, Abraham. The Gettysburg Speech. New York, 1924. 22 etchings, plus cover etching, 10 signed. Various colored inks. 28 x 22.5 cm., wove paper. Original hand-bound grey cloth over plain grey boards, etching on upper cover. Plain grey cloth dust wrapper with Wall’s ink title on spine. D.j. browned, endsheets slightly buckled, generally fine.

     Limited edition (100 signed copies, with Wall’s ink note on limitation leaf: “Personal”).     $600.00

 

29. LINCOLN, Abraham. The Gettysburg Speech. New York, 1924. 21 etchings (plus cover etching). Various colored inks. 28 x 22.5 cm., wove paper, tissue guards. Original hand-bound dark brown cloth over tan mottled paper-covered boards, etching on upper cover. Binding worn and stained, front hinge cracked, a few light traces of foxing to blank margins, first tissue guard creased. Presentation copy: “To Mrs. Saramé Raynolds Drake with best wishes Bernhardt Wall 3-14-24.

     Limited edition (#2 of 100 signed copies).     $600.00

 

30. LINCOLN, Abraham. The Gettysburg Speech. New York, 1924. 22 etchings, plus cover etching and etcher’s slip. Various colored inks. 27 x 21.5 cm., wove paper. Original hand-bound red cloth over rose mottled paper-covered boards, etching on upper cover. Binding worn and stained, irregular 1 x 3 inch portion of upper cover paper torn away. Presentation letter of former owner tipped in.

     Limited edition (#29 of 100 signed copies).     $550.00

 

31. SPEYER, Leonora. Oberammergau. [New Preston], 1924. 17 etchings, plus cover etching, Japanese laid tissue, tissue guards. Various colored inks. Binding dimensions: 16 x 12 cm. Original hand-bound sheep over brown paper-covered boards, etched label on upper cover. Spine abraded, moderate foxing and stains to a few leaves, otherwise fine. Wall’s signed inscription in pencil on preliminary leaf: “Miniature Etcher’s Copy Bernhardt Wall.” Presentation copy inscribed in pencil: “To Dorothy Gleason with our best regards Jane & Bernhardt Wall Lime Rock Conn Oct 16 1928.” Dorothy and Joe Gleason’s bookplate with maritime theme on front pastedown.

     Limited edition (“Miniature Etcher’s Copy” signed by Wall). Following Bernhardt Wall, p. 35 (calling for an edition of 53 copies). Wall issued at least nine of his early works (1922-1924) in this special limited series. He revised this printing as follows: The title-page has been changed to a cutout etching in the shape of a cross; a page has been added noting the award of the Blindman Prize; stanzas two and seven have been redrawn.  $250.00

 

32. SPEYER, Leonora. Oberammergau. [New Preston], 1924. 17 etchings (plus cover etching). Various colored inks. 6 x 11 cm., wove paper. Original hand-bound olive cloth over slate green paper-covered boards, etching on upper cover. Preliminary blank leaf with a few tears due to original sewing, otherwise fine. Signed in pencil by Wall: “Etcher’s Copy Series #5 Bernhardt Wall.”

     Limited edition (#5 in the Etcher’s Copy Series, signed by Wall). Wall issued at least nine of his early works (1922-24) in this special, limited series. He revised this printing as follows: The title-page has been changed to a cutout etching in the shape of a cross; a page has been added noting the award of the Blindman Prize; stanzas two and seven have been redrawn.  $225.00

 

33. WALL, Bernhardt. Pirates. New Preston, 1925. 25 etchings (plus cover etching). Various colored inks. 23 x 20.5 cm., heavy wove paper. Original hand-bound grey cloth over plain grey boards, etching on upper cover. Original dust jacket with Wall’s ink title on spine. Marginal browning to cover, lower two-thirds of d.j. spine lacking, some splitting and wear to d.j. Etchings very fine.

     Limited edition (#99 of 100 signed copies). This copy, printed on heavier paper, has an extra etching on upper cover. Weber, p. 36: “This book contains the earliest of Wall’s miniature etchings (7 x 10 cm.).” One of Wall’s most popular works, with its lively renderings of romanticized pirate life. From Wall’s copyright page: “There is a class of modern pirates -- sailing under the black flag. The book-pirates and printer-pirates make brain productions their prey. For the benefit of the hundred owners of this edition, we have procured the protection of our government.”  $750.00

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34. WALL, Bernhardt. Pirates. New Preston, 1925. 24 etchings. Various colored inks. 13 x 10.5 cm., wove paper. Original hand-bound full tan leather, gilt-lettered spine label. Binding with some rubbing and staining, but overall a nice copy, interior fine.

     Limited edition (#10 of 100 signed copies).     $600.00

 

35. WALL, Bernhardt. Pirates. New Preston, 1925. 24 etchings. Various colored inks. 13 x 10 cm., wove paper. Original hand-bound green cloth with gilt dots on covers and rules. Remains of leather label on spine, otherwise a fine copy. Presentation copy to Anne Lynch, “Xmas 1925,” signed by Wall. Laid in is manuscript gift card signed by Alevia Lynch.

     Limited edition (#35 of 100 signed copies).     $600.00

 

36. ADDISON, Joseph. Tantalus...From The Spectator, First Printed June 13th 1711. Now Etched and Published by Bernhardt Wall. New Preston, 1925. 21 etchings, plus spine label and cover etching, wove paper, 10 etchings signed by Wall. Various colored inks. Binding dimensions: 25.2 x 23 cm. Original hand-bound brown cloth over grey boards. Fine in browned and lightly stained d.j. with slight tear at upper spine. Presentation copy inscribed in pencil on front end paper: “To Henry Wellington Wack With my very best regards and well wishes. Bernhardt Wall Nov. 3, 1936. Lime Rock Conn.”

     Limited edition (#32 of 150 signed copies). Following Bernhardt Wall, p. 36. On one of the etchings, Wall states: “The substance of the story is taken from a little book intituled ‘Academic Galante.’” The satirical plates accompany a philosophical discussion of Plato’s theory regarding libidinous lifestyles and the tantalizing outcome for the soul after death.    $500.00

 

37. WALL, Bernhardt. Red Gables on the Shrewsbury Middletown Township Riverside Drive New Jersey U.S.A. [1926]. 17 etchings, wove paper. Various colored inks. 27.2 x 19.2 cm. Original half dark green cloth over medium green boards. Wall’s presentation copy inscribed in pencil to “Harry Lindquist a joyful collector of the beautiful Alfred Lichtenstein.” Upper board and preliminary leaves detached, edges abraded, internally fine, etchings excellent.

     Limited edition (#21 of an unspecified number of copies). Following Bernhardt Wall, p. 36. Beautiful etchings of the house, parks, and landscape known as Red Gables. The copyright statement dated 1926 is by Alfred E. Lichtenstein, who owned the property at the time and apparently commissioned Wall to execute this volume for friends. Exceedingly rare.     $2,500.00

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38. WALL, Bernhardt. A Visit to James Branch Cabell. Lime Rock, 1927. 8 etchings, plus cover etching, 4 signed. Various colored inks. 21 x 16.5 cm., heavy wove paper. Original hand-bound brown cloth over plain grey boards, etching on upper cover. Plain grey d.j. lettered in ink on spine by Wall. Fine.

     Limited edition (#51 of 100 signed copies). Weber, p. 37: “The etchings of the famed American essayist (1879-1958), his home and study were made at Cabell’s residence, 3201 Monument Avenue, Richmond, Virginia.”    $550.00

 

39. WALL, Bernhardt. Mission San José, San Antonio, Texas. Lime Rock, 1928. 35 etchings, plus etcher’s slip, 8 signed by Wall. Various colored inks. 29.5 x 25 cm., wove paper. Original hand-bound grey boards. Plain grey protective d.j. with spine label. Presentation copy in Wall’s distinctive black and red calligraphic style: “To Natalie Williams is this book inscribed Sincerely, Bernhardt Wall, July 4, 1951.” Laid in is Wall’s TLs (with miniature etching of the Markham Home, Staten Island, N.Y.) with original envelope, to Williams dated July 5, 1951, presenting the book to Williams and discussing his dedication to Mrs. Ethel Drought and the evolution of the present book. Light wear to d.j. at spinal extremities, otherwise fine.

     Limited edition (#2 of 100 signed copies). Weber, p. 37: “These etchings of the picturesque features of the old mission...San José de Aguayo were executed in San Antonio, Texas, during several trips to that city.” This was Wall’s first book devoted to a Texas subject.     $2,500.00

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40. WALL, Bernhardt. In Mark Twain’s Missouri. Lime Rock, 1931. 15 etchings, 12 signed by Wall. Various colored inks. Image size varies, but most are approximately 12.5 x 7.5 cm. Unbound, each etching on post card stock (14 x 8.5 cm.). Two images trimmed at blank border (not affecting image), otherwise fine.

     The post card edition of preceding, without cover etching, dedication, limitation leaf, colophon.   $600.00

 

41. WALL, Bernhardt. Etched Celebrities. Lime Rock, 1931. 10 etchings, plus cover etching. 25 x 22 cm, heavy wove paper. Original dark grey cloth over plain grey boards. Some water staining to lower right cover, moderate wear to covers, adhesive stain on front free endpaper where bookplate has been removed, internally fine. Presentation inscription in pencil: “To Ada Hopson with my best regards Bernhardt Wall May 27 1931.”

     Limited edition (Folio #1, Copy #2 of 100 signed copies). Following Bernhardt Wall, p. 38. Includes Abraham Lincoln, Carl Sandburg, Samuel B. Clarke, William F. Hopson, and Maximilian Foch.     $400.00

 

42. WALL, Bernhardt. Following Abraham Lincoln, 1809–1865. Lime Rock, [1931-1942]. 85 volumes. 1,042 etchings, 613 signed by Wall, plus cover etching and etcher’s slip where noted. Various colored inks. 25.3 x 23 cm., heavy wove paper. Original hand-bound plain grey boards with etched titles, dust wrappers with manuscript and etched spine labels. Some browning of endpapers due to contact with boards, generally a fine set.

     Limited edition (#34 of 100 signed sets). Weber, p. 38: “This series, which follows Lincoln from his English ancestry to his tomb in Springfield, Illinois, was begun on May 21, 1931, and ended with October 2nd, 1942. Originally, Mr. Wall envisioned a series of only fifteen volumes, but ‘after getting into stride, I found that my hero had done considerable traveling...so the volumes grew and piled up.’ In 1940, the etcher felt that the series would stop at Volume 60, so he dedicated the next volume to an index. Then Mr. Wall began what he described as a ‘supplemental series’ to present overlooked ‘Lincoln contacts’ together with ‘places in the Old World’ associated with Lincoln. Finally, the series was concluded with Volume 85, which included a second, updated index by Harry E. Pratt.” Wall’s magnum opus, and one of the rarest Lincoln items.     $17,500.00

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43. WALL, Bernhardt. Following Abraham Lincoln, 1809–1865. [Volume 20 only]. Lime Rock, [1933]. 11 etchings,plus cover etching and etcher’s slip, 7 signed by Wall. Mostly brown and green inks. 25 x 22.5 cm., heavy wove paper. Original hand-bound grey cloth over plain grey boards, etching on upper cover. Corners lightly bumped, light browning to boards, otherwise fine. Inscribed in Wall’s hand: “On this Xmas Day I am happy to be able to inscribe this to Ruth Kellogg at the Roy Kelloggs Yonkers NY.”

     Limited edition, large paper issue (“Personal” copy of 100 signed copies).  $150.00

 

44. WALL, Bernhardt. Following Abraham Lincoln, 1809–1865. [Volume 40 only]. Lime Rock [actually Houston, 1937]. 13 etchings, plus cover etching and etcher’s slip, 8 signed by Wall. Various colored inks. 25 x 22.5 cm., heavy wove paper. Original hand-bound brown cloth over plain grey boards, etched title on upper cover. Dust jacket with etched spine label. D.j. age toned and lightly chipped at spinal extremities, else very fine.

     Limited edition, large paper issue (“Personal” copy of 100 signed copies).  $150.00

 

45. WALL, Bernhardt. Following Abraham Lincoln. 1809-1865. Lime Rock, Conn, 1938. [Volume 50 only]. 12 etchings, plus etching on cover and etcher’s slip tipped in. 21 x 19 cm, heavy wove paper. Original hand-bound grey cloth over plain grey boards, etching on upper cover. Light browning, first leaf loose, otherwise very good in moderately soiled and foxed wrapper. Presentation copy dedicated to Mrs. Stephen Vincent Benét, signed by Wall, Houston, Texas, Jan. 9, 1939.

     Limited edition (“Personal” copy of 100 signed copies).   $150.00

 

46. WALL, Bernhardt. Following Abraham Lincoln, 1806–1865. [Volume 50 only]. Lime Rock [1938]. 12 etchings, plus cover etching, 7 signed by Wall. Various colored inks. 25 x 22.5 cm., heavy wove paper. Original hand-bound brown cloth over plain grey boards, etching on upper cover. Dust jacket. Two preliminary blanks stained from acidic paper insert, back endleaf with paper clip rust, internally very fine, with bookplate of former owner. Presentation copy: “To Lottie O’Girr Clarke; Good Friend and Patron: this is inscribed on behalf of ‘Jane and me, deep from our hearts.’ Barney Houston Texas Jan 30 1939.”

     Limited edition, large paper copy (“Personal” copy of 100 signed copies).  $150.00

 

47. WALL, Bernhardt. Following Abraham Lincoln, 1809–1865. Lime Rock, 1939. [Volume 52 only]. 13 etchings including title page, plus cover etching on and etcher’s slip tipped in, heavy wove paper, 8 etchings signed by Wall. Binding dimensions: 21 x 19 cm, heavy wove paper. Original hand-bound grey cloth over plain grey boards, etching on upper cover. Very fine in lightly browned wrapper.

     Limited edition (“Personal” copy of 100 signed copies).   $150.00

 

48. WALL, Bernhardt. Following Abraham Lincoln. 1809-1865. Lime Rock, 1942. [Volume 76 only]. 12 etchings including title page, plus etching on cover and etcher’s slip tipped in, heavy wove paper, 8 signed by Wall. Binding dimensions: 25.3 x 23 cm. Original hand-bound grey cloth over plain grey boards, etching on upper cover. Light foxing to outer boards, otherwise very fine in dust wrapper browned at spine. Presentation copy inscribed in black ink and signed by Wall: “To My old Friend Sheridan Gorton in this year of war 1942 in remembrance of of [sic] our little war 1898 Bernhardt Wall April 11 1942.” This volume’s etched dedication is “To Sheridan Gorton Brother Comrade Friend NY 202 Inf.”

     Limited edition (“Personal” copy of 100 signed copies).   $150.00

 

49. WALL, Bernhardt. Following Abraham Lincoln, 1809–1865. [Volume 80 only]. Lime Rock, [1942]. 13 etchings (plus cover etching and etcher’s slip), 10 signed by Wall. Various colored inks. 25 x 22.5 cm., heavy wove paper. Original hand-bound brown cloth over plain grey boards, etching on upper cover. Head of spine chipped, corners bumped, boards slightly browned, internally very fine. Presentation copy: “To Charles from Barney & Doris collaborators in this book 1942.”

     Limited edition, large paper issue (“Personal” copy of 100 signed copies).  $150.00

 

50. WALL, Bernhardt. Following Abraham Lincoln, 1809–1865. [Volume 80 only]. Lime Rock, [1942]. 13 etchings (plus cover etching and etcher’s slip), 9 signed by Wall. Various colored inks. 20.5 x 18.5 cm., heavy wove paper. Original hand-bound brown cloth over plain grey boards, etching on upper cover. Dust jacket with etched label on spine. Ex-library copy with lightly embossed stamp on limitation leaf, d.j. soiled, otherwise very fine. Presentation copy: “To Thomas I. Starr with my best regards Bernhardt Wall 1942.” With Starr’s bookplate.

     Limited edition (“Personal” copy of 100 signed copies).   $150.00


51. WALL, Bernhardt. Following Marquis de Lafayette 1824-1825. Lime Rock: Etched and Printed by Bernhardt Wall, [1934]. 28 etchings, plus cover etching, 24 signed by Wall, one with additional note by Wall identifying the architect of the structure depicted as Thomas Jefferson. Various colored inks. 25.3 x 23 cm., wove paper. Original hand-bound brown cloth over grey boards, etched title on upper cover. Plain grey d.j. with ink manuscript title by Wall. Text block pages with some water staining and wrinkled from being wet.

     Limited edition (100 copies, “Special 1”). $500.00

 

52. WALL, Bernhardt. Following General Sam Houston 1793–1863. Lime Rock, [1935]. 65 etchings, 10 signed by Wall, plus cover etching and etcher’s slip. Various colored inks. 25 x 23 cm., wove paper. Original hand-bound charcoal cloth over plain grey boards, etched title on upper cover. Plain grey d.j. with etched spine label. Upper cover and spinal extremities mildly abraded, upper corner bumped, d.j. lightly worn. Front endpaper inscribed in pencil: “To Natalie Williams, Sincerely, Bernhardt Wall, June 6, 1935. [with pencil sketch:] The Mexican Position Battlefield of San Jacinto Bernhardt Wall May 1935.” Laid in is a typescript copy of a note by Wall dated March 21, 1937: “Ave” Sam Houston Allred.

     Limited edition (#9 of 100 signed copies), the “San Jacinto” issue, with fewer etchings; the “Centennial” issue contained a supplement with 15 etchings not present in the “San Jacinto” issue (Weber had the expanded “Centennial” issue). Weber, pp. 42–43: “The etchings for this pictorial biography of the American soldier and political leader were made in La Porte, Texas, close to the battlefield of San Jacinto, where Wall had the assistance of Houston’s one surviving son [Andrew Jackson Houston].”     $2,000.00

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53. WALL, Bernhardt. Following General Sam Houston 1793–1863. Lime Rock, [1935]. 83 etchings (plus cover etching and etcher’s slip), 76 signed by Wall. Various colored inks. 25 x 22 cm., wove paper. Original hand-bound green cloth over plain grey boards, etched title on upper cover. Dust wrapper with etched spine label. D.j. lightly worn, otherwise fine. Front free endpaper inscribed in blue and ochre ink by Wall: “With great pleasure we inscribe the Book to our friend.”

     Limited edition (#46 of 100 signed copies), the “Centennial” issue, with a supplement containing 15 etchings not present in the “San Jacinto” issue (“San Jacinto” issue is not present in Weber collection). Weber, pp. 42–43: “The etchings for this pictorial biography of the American soldier and political leader were made in La Porte, Texas, close to the battlefield of San Jacinto, where Wall had the assistance of Houston’s one surviving son [Andrew Jackson Houston].”   $2,500.00

 

54. WALL, Bernhardt. Following Thomas Jefferson 1743–1826. Lime Rock, [1933–38]. 13 volumes. 157 etchings, plus cover etchings and etcher’s slips, 78 signed by Wall. Various colored inks. 25.5 x 23.1 cm., wove paper, a few tissue guards present. Original hand-bound grey cloth over plain grey boards, etchings on upper covers. Mild age toning to text, generally fine, with original grey paper dust wrapper with ink manuscript and etched titles on spines. Laid in is a photograph of a letter from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Wall dated December 30, 1933, thanking Wall for sending him a book of etchings.

     Limited edition (#6 of 100 signed sets). Following Bernhardt Wall, pp. 42–43: “This ‘pictorial chronology executed in the exquisite medium of etching’ was etched, printed and bound at Coral Gables, Florida.”     $2,000.00

 

55. WALL, Bernhardt. Following Thomas Jefferson 1743–1826. Lime Rock, 1932–38. 12 vols. (of 13), 143 etchings, plus cover etchings and etcher’s slips, many signed by Wall. Various colored inks. Original hand-bound grey cloth over plain grey boards, etchings on upper covers. Some front hinges cracked and occasional wear and age-toning to fragile boards; vols. 11-13 are in much better condition than the rest of the set, being very fine, while vols. 1-9 have foxing to boards, endpapers detaching and wrapper missing on vol. 1, and other wrappers not in good shape. Interior very fine in vols. 11-13, the remainder have occasional foxing and age-toned.

     Limited edition (mixed numbers of 100 signed sets). Following Bernhardt Wall, pp. 42-43. Vols. 1-7, 9 are Subscription 9. Vol. 8 does not have the number inked in but the d.j. has FTJ VIII. Vols. 11 & 12 are Subscription “Personal.” Vol. 13 is not numbered inside but is in a d.j. labeled FTJ XIII. Wants Vol. 10. Vol. 11 is a presentation copy “To Hon. Claude G. Bowers, with my sincere regards and esteem, Bernhardt Wall, Lime Rock Conn Oct 7 1936” with Wall’s inscription and a drawing on the front endpaper: “To the peripatetic U.S. Embassy, while the Spanish Revolution is on.” Also laid in is a carbon copy of a typed, unsigned letter from Wall to Bowers. Vol. 13 is also a presentation copy to Bowers with Wall’s signed inscription on the front endpaper.  $1,750.00

 

56. MARKHAM, Edwin & Bernhardt Wall. Edwin Markham and “The Man With the Hoe.” Lime Rock: Printed & Publisht by Bernhardt Wall The Etcher of Books, 1936. 34 etchings, plus cover etching, 24 signed by Wall. Limitation leaf signed by both Markham and Wall. Heavy wove paper, various ink colors. 32.5 x 26.2 cm. Original hand-bound grey cloth over plain grey boards, etching on upper cover. Dust jacket with etched spine label. Front endpaper browned due to contact with board and d.j. chipped at upper spine, otherwise fine. Bernhardt’s Wall’s signed presentation in ink on front free endpaper: “Inscribed for Miss Natalie Williams Friend and Encourager. With my sincere regards Bernhardt [illustration of auto] Wall November 5, 1936.” 1940 newspaper clipping obituary of Markham laid in.

     Limited edition (Trial Copy #2 of 13 copies). Notin Following Bernhardt Wall. Markham’s poem and Wall’s etching was inspired J. F. Millet’s painting of the same name. Of the original edition (San Francisco, 1899), Grolier American Hundred #99 comments: “The plaint of the laboring man, in an honest, passionate, truly poetic outcry, which still rings to shame and shock—and stimulate.” According to the copy at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin, only 13 copies were printed.    $1,000.00

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57. MARKHAM, Edwin & Bernhardt Wall. Edwin Markham and “The Man With the Hoe.” Lime Rock, 1936. 34 etchings, plus cover and spine label etchings, on heavy wove paper. Limitation etching signed by both Wall and Markham. Various colored inks. Binding dimensions: 28.5 x 23.5 cm. Original hand-bound grey cloth over grey boards, etching on upper cover, plain grey dust wrapper with etched paper spine label. Very light staining along lower boards, otherwise fine in chipped and torn dust wrapper, etched label at the spine partially missing, upper section of wrapper repaired with paper.

     Limited edition, signed by Markham and Wall (Trial Copy #3 of 13 copies).  $1,000.00

 

58. WALL, Bernhardt. Following Stephen F. Austin: Father of Texas. Lime Rock, [1936]. 45 etchings, 38 signed by Wall, plus cover label and tipped-in etcher’s slip. Various colored inks. 23 x 20 cm., heavy wove paper. Original hand-bound charcoal cloth over drab grey boards, etching on upper cover. Plain grey d.j. with etched spine label. Fine.

     Limited edition (#2 of 200 copies, the “Centennial Edition”) of which 200 copies were printed; another issue of 100 copies with 45 etchings also appeared). Weber, p. 43: “The plates for this book were engraved at Houston. It was dedicated to Dr. Eugene C. Barker, the biographer of Austin... This book was actually printed in Texas.”  $2,000.00

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59. WALL, Bernhardt. Following Franklin D. Roosevelt to Argentina in 1936. Lime Rock, [1937]. 25 etchings (plus cover label). Various colored inks. 16 x 14 cm., heavy wove paper. Original hand-bound plain grey boards, etched label on upper cover. Dust jacket with etched spine label. Facsimile of letter to Wall from Roosevelt tipped in. Light wear to d.j., otherwise very fine.

     Limited edition (100 copies). Walliana (September 1938): “The etcher is interested in a better understanding between the countries of the Western Hemisphere and therefore hoped for good results from this trip and covered the contacts of the president, and toucht the highlights of his speech.” Weber, p. 43.  $750.00

 

60. WALL, Bernhardt. Following Andrew Jackson 1767–1845. Lime Rock, 1937. 46 etchings, 42 signed by Wall (including a second copy of “The Capitol..”. laid in), plus cover etching and tipped-in etcher’s slip. Various colored inks. 25 x 22.5 cm., heavy wove paper. Original hand-bound grey cloth over plain grey boards, etching on upper cover. Dust jacket with etched spine label. D.j. slightly worn at spinal extremities, otherwise fine.

     Limited edition (#2 of 100 signed copies, this copy etched printed, and bound in Houston, Texas [etcher’s slip]). Other copies were etched in Houston, but printed and bound in Lime Rock (see Following Bernhardt Wall, p. 43).   $2,000.00

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61. WALL, Bernhardt. Following Andrew Jackson 1767–1845. Lime Rock, 1937. 46 etchings, plus cover etching and etcher’s slip, 40 signed by Wall. Various colored inks. 25 x 22.5 cm., heavy wove paper. Original hand-bound grey cloth over plain grey boards, etching on upper cover. Dust jacket with etched spine label. Very fine. Preserved in original boards slipcase.

     Limited edition (#17 of 100 signed copies).     $2,000.00

 

62. WALL, Bernhardt. Following Andrew Jackson 1767–1845. Lime Rock, 1937. 46 etchings, plus cover etching, etcher’s slip, and etcher’s label, 42 signed by Wall, with original cancelled 1861 U. S. postage stamp commemorating Jackson. 25.3 x 22.8 cm, heavy wove paper. Various colored inks. Original hand-bound dark grey cloth over plain grey boards, etching on upper cover. Dust jacket with etched spine label. Front hinge a bit fragile but overall very fine in repaired d.j. Presentation copy inscribed in various colored inks: “To Father John Moclair with our deepest regard we inscribe this book” and signed “Doris Wall Bernhardt Wall.”

     Limited edition (#26 of 100 signed copies).     $2,000.00

 

63. WALL, Bernhardt. Following Andrew Jackson 1767–1845. Lime Rock, 1937. 44 etchings, plus cover etching and etcher’s slip, 40 signed by Wall with original cancelled 1861 U. S. postage stamp commemorating Jackson. Various colored inks. 25.3 x 22.8 cm, heavy wove paper. Original hand-bound dark grey cloth over plain grey boards, etching on upper cover. Preserved in original boards slipcase. Moderate browning and foxing, in worn d.j. Spine perished, case browned, stained and clumsily repaired, endpapers slightly foxed, small tear to preliminary leaves.

     Limited edition (#5 of 100 signed copies). Plates absent in this edition are the Masonic Temple and the State House, Concord.  $1,750.00

 

64. WALL, Bernhardt. Following Fra Junipero Serra and Others. Sierra Madre, 1943. 28 etchings, all signed by Wall. Brown inks. Approximately 10 x 7.5 cm. Unbound, each etching on post card stock (14 x 8.5 cm.). Very fine. Presentation copy “Presented to ‘Mitzi,’ Bernhardt Wall May 22 1952.”

     Post card edition of Wall’s Following Fra Junipero Serra and Others (Sierra Madre, 1943), which had 41 etchings, including etched text leaves. Limitation unstated, but with Wall’s hand-written note “Set No. 1.” Extremely rare in this format.    $1,750.00

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65. WALL, Bernhardt. Following Fra Junipero Serra and Others. [Sierra Madre, 1943]. 27 etchings. Brown inks. Approximately 10 x 7.5 cm. Unbound, each etching on post card stock (14 x 8.5 cm.). Very fine.

     Another set of the preceding, with one less etching.     $1,500.00

 

66. WALL, Bernhardt. Following Abraham Lincoln 1809-1865. Lime Rock, 1944. Chronological series of 546 original etchings (one of which is a self portrait of Wall at work etching) on heavy wove paper, tissue guards, plus 1 tipped-in etcher’s slip, most signed by Wall. Various colored inks. 4 vols. Binding dimensions: 25.2 x 22.5 cm. Original three-quarter green cloth over grey boards, spines with matching gold-lettered green cloth labels, each of the 8 boards with Wall’s original watercolor sketches (landscapes and scenes), bound by hand by Wall. Other than light shelf wear, very fine, etchings fine and mostly pristine in a wide variety of colors. Nearly all etchings are signed. Vol. 1 presentation copy inscribed in ink on front endpaper: “To Father John Moclair with our deepest regards. Many Happy returns of your Natal Day. Doris and Bernhardt Wall June 6, 1945.” Wall dedicated Vol. 4 of this set to Father Moclair (of Immaculate Conception Church in Monrovia, California).

     Limited edition (“this is Vol. [1, 2, 3, 4] of Set No. 7”). Following Bernhardt Wall, p. 38. According to the Vol. 1 etcher’s slip, the plates were etched in Florida (Melbourne, Pinecastle, Coral Gables, Oneco), Tennessee (Harrogate), Texas (Houston, La Porte), and Connecticut (Lime Rock). The plates were printed in Sierra Madre, California. The book was bound in Sierra Madre, California, by Wall. From introductory material in the trade edition of this book: “Mr. Wall’s greatest achievement is...Following Abraham Lincoln. For eleven years he followed the footsteps of our great war President in his travels, making etchings of the Lincoln landmarks in America.”  $17,500.00

 

67. WALL, Bernhardt. Following Abraham Lincoln, 1809–1865. Lime Rock, [1946]. 534 etchings, 531 signed by Wall + 2 pp. (typescript). Various colored inks. 24 x 22 cm., laid paper. Original hand-bound full red levant morocco gilt, spine gilt with raised bands, inner gilt dentelles. Maroon cloth slipcase. Other wear and abrading to head of spine and moderate rubbing to backstrip, an excellent copy. Color photograph of Wall tipped onto a preliminary leaf. Wall’s typed signed foreword to subscribers bound in at front.

     Limited edition, large paper issue (#1 of 6 signed copies). In his foreword, Wall states: “In early November of 1942 we moved to California, taking with us a thousand copper plates with etchings thereon... And then our idle hands began assembling the pages of FOLLOWING ABRAHAM LINCOLN into a chronological sequence and readable as any other biography... In 1946 we brought out the 534 pages bound into one volume weighing nearly eleven pounds by the scales. This big volume is one of the biggest tomes on Lincoln.” Following Bernhardt Wall, p. 44: “In 1946, the etcher issued a single chronological volume comprising all or at least most of the etchings that had been issued in eighty-five volumes between 1931 and 1942.” This one-volume edition contains three plates which are not present in the preceding 85 parts issue: (1) ANCIENT PARISH IN GREAT YARMOUTH... (1946), (2) Knob Creek, Cabin Home of Young Abe Lincoln... (1940), (3) [Portrait of Lincoln] after Gardner (1947). LINCOLN’S TRIBUTE TO WASHINGTON appears as a single plate in this volume, but as 2 miniature plates mounted within etched frames in the 85 parts issue. The 85 parts issue contains a miniature etching of Washington’s bookplate, not in this one-volume edition.     $20,000.00

 

68. WALL, Bernhardt. [The Days of the Week]. [Sierra Madre, 1945]. 8 etchings: 7 miniature hand-colored etchings, approximately 4.5 x 3 cm., wove paper, each mounted within an etched ornamental frame border (7.5 x 6.5 cm.), in rose ink, each signed by Wall. Plus etched printer’s device, approximately 8 x 5.5 cm., green ink, hand-lettered “SUNBONNET KIDS COLORED 7 CARDS.” Each etching on post card stock with ink stamp notation on reverse: “POST CARD” (13 x 8.5 cm.). Very fine.

     Post card edition, with printer’s device substituted for title, variations in hand-coloring, and the seven days-of-the-week etchings signed. Weber, p. 48. The etchings illustrate various activities of the Sunbonnet Kids during the seven days of the week. Wall based these images on his earlier Sunbonnet Kid post card series, which were extremely popular in the U.S. and abroad. Of these etched cards, Weber (p. 14) comments: “Interestingly, in later years Wall issued certain of his etchings on post cards. He did several series, including the ‘Sunbonnet Babies’ and ‘Days of the Week.’ Today they are the most ‘collectible’ of Wall’s postcards.” $650.00

 

69. WALL, Bernhardt. [The Days of the Week]. [Sierra Madre, 1945]. 7 miniature etchings, approximately 4.5 x 3 cm, wove paper, each mounted within an etched, ornamental frame border (8.5 x 7.5 cm). All miniatures hand-colored. Each etching on pre-printed postcard stock (14 x 8.5 cm.) Very fine.

     Another set of the preceding, sans the etched printer’s device.     $550.00

 

70. WALL, Bernhardt. [The Days of the Week]. [Sierra Madre, 1945]. 7 miniature etchings, approximately 4.5 x 3 cm., wove paper, each mounted within an etched ornamental frame border (7.5 x 6.5 cm.). Brown inks. Each etching on post card stock with Wall’s ink notation on reverse: “Post Card” (14 x 8.5 cm.). Very fine.

     A monochrome issue of preceding etched series, entirely in brown inks, without title or device, and unsigned.     $450.00

 

71. WALL, Bernhardt. [The Days of the Week]. [Sierra Madre, 1945]. 7 miniature etchings, approximately 4.5 x 3 cm., wove paper, each mounted within an etched ornamental frame border (7.5 x 6.5 cm.). Brown inks. Each etching on post card stock with Wall’s ink notation on reverse: “POST CARD” (14 x 8.5 cm.). Very fine.

     Another copy of preceding.   $450.00

 

72. WALL, Bernhardt. Abraham Lincoln: A Chronology. Sierra Madre, 1946. 36 miniature etchings (plus cover label and etcher’s slip). Mostly green and brown inks. 4.5 x 3 cm., wove paper. Original hand-bound green paper-covered boards, etched label on upper cover. Very fine.

     Limited edition (#39 of 200 signed copies). The miniature book issue, without the ornamental etched borders and with slight variations in the plates.   $1,000.00

 

73. WALL, Bernhardt. Abraham Lincoln: A Chronology. Sierra Madre, 1946. 36 miniature etchings (plus cover label and etcher’s slip). Various colored inks. 4.5 x 3 cm., wove paper. Original hand-bound green paper-covered boards, etched label on upper cover. Corners lightly bumped, upper hinge cracked, lower hinge broken, interior fine.

     Limited edition (#36 of 200 signed copies). Another copy of preceding with variant color inks.     $950.00

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74. WALL, Bernhardt. Abraham Lincoln: A Chronology. Sierra Madre, 1946. 36 miniature etchings. Various colored inks. 4.5 x 3 cm., wove paper. Full dark brown morocco, covers with gilt-stamped decorations, gilt-lettered spine (by Fox). Very fine.

     Limited edition (#99 of 200 signed copies). Another copy of preceding, with variant colored inks and binding.     $900.00

75. WALL, Bernhardt. Lincoln’s Gettysburg Speech. Sierra Madre, 1946. 34 miniature etchings (plus cover label and etcher’s slip), approximately 4.5 x 3 cm., wove paper. Green, brown, and black inks. Original hand-bound green paper-covered boards, etched label on upper cover. Slightly bumped at corners, otherwise very fine.

     Limited edition (#19 of 200 signed copies). The miniature book issue with the Lincoln portrait after Gardner reworked and a few other minor variations.   $750.00

 

76. WALL, Bernhardt. Lincoln’s Gettysburg Speech. Sierra Madre, 1946. 34 miniature etchings (plus cover label and etcher’s slip), approximately 4.5 x 3 cm., wove paper. Green, brown, and black inks. Original hand-bound green paper-covered boards, etched label on upper cover. Light shelf wear, otherwise very fine, with 3-cent Lincoln commemorative postage stamp on front pastedown.

     Limited edition (#24 of 200 signed copies). Another copy of preceding.     $750.00

 

77. WALL, Bernhardt. Lincoln’s Gettysburg Speech. Sierra Madre, 1946. 34 miniature etchings (plus cover label and etcher’s slip), approximately 4.5 x 3 cm. (1-3/4 x 1-1/4 inches), wove paper. Green, brown, and black inks. Original hand-bound green paper-covered boards, etched label on upper cover. Fine. With the original letter and mailing envelope in which Wall sent the book to Natalie Williams. Wall’s TLs (July 5, 1946) is on paper with his etched printer’s device. Content is excellent with information on genesis of the book and how it is selling. Fine.

     Limited edition (#1 of 200 signed copies). Another copy of preceding.     $750.00

 

78. LINCOLN, Abraham. Lincoln’s Gettysburg Speech. Sierra Madre, 1946. 22 miniature etchings, approximately 4.5 x 3 cm., wove paper, each mounted within an etched ornamental frame border (7.5 x 6.5 cm.), all signed by Wall. Various colored inks. Unbound, each etching on post card stock (14 x 8.5 cm.). Superb condition.

     Limited edition (#1 of 200 signed copies). Post card issue of preceding, without preliminary text and concluding “Opinions,” one substitution of an etching (Bedroom in the Wills home... for The William Mason...), and one additional etching (WE MORTALS ARE EVER INTERESTED IN THE IMMORTALS). Printer’s illustrated device absent. The limitation leaf states “200 copies” because Wall used the limitation leaf from the bound edition. The etched ornamental frame is different than the frame used in the bound editions. Very rare in this issue.    $850.00

 

79. WALL, Bernhardt. The Californian Missions. Sierra Madre, 1947. 33 miniature etchings (plus etcher’s slip). Various colored inks. 4.5 x 3 cm., wove paper. Original hand-bound red paper-covered boards. One etching detached, very minor wear to spinal extremities, else very fine. Presentation copy: “To Father Keating, with my best regards. Bernhardt Wall May 3 ‘50.”

     #79 of a signed “numbered unlimited edition”.   $1,000.00

 

80. WALL, Bernhardt. The Californian Missions. Sierra Madre, 1947. 33 miniature etchings, plus cover label. Various colored inks. 4.5 x 3.5 cm., wove paper. Original hand-bound green paper-covered boards, etched label on upper cover. Laid in Wall’s custom tan paper and grey cloth folder with recessed space for the miniature book (the recess is surrounded by Wall’s hand-inked decorative border). Wall’s signed presentation copy to Natalie Williams. Case slightly worn, book fine.

     Limited edition (Copy No. One of a signed “numbered unlimited edition”). Following Bernhardt Wall, p. 48: “This is a pictorial portrayal, in twenty-four plates, of the historic foundations along California’s El Camino Real... This book is the rarest of all the Wall miniatures.” Wall first drew the missions during his 1943 trip, published as Following Fra Junipero Serra and Others. In the present miniature, Wall redrew the etchings in smaller format and removed the wartime iconography.     $900.00

 

81. WALL, Bernhardt. The Californian Missions. Sierra Madre, 1947. 28 etchings: 26 miniature etchings, approximately 4.5 x 3 cm., wove paper, each mounted within an etched ornamental frame border (7.5 x 6.5 cm.), various colored inks, mostly signed. Plus half-title hand-lettered in dark brown ink and larger etched printer’s device in green ink with Wall’s penciled note. Unbound, each etching on printed post card stock (14 x 8.5 cm.).

     Limited edition (#1 noted in pencil on signed title leaf). Post card issue of preceding with the addition of embellished etched frames, omitting the text leaves and the limitation leaf, and substituting his larger printer’s device. Extremely rare in this format.   $1,250.00

 

82. WALL, Bernhardt. [The Texas Missions]. [Sierra Madre, 1948]. 8 etchings: 7 miniature etchings, approximately 4.5 x 3 cm., various colored inks, wove paper, each mounted within an etched ornamental frame border (approximately 7.5 x 6.5 cm.), in various colored inks. Plus etched printer’s device, approximately 8 x 5.5 cm., signed. On post card stock (14 x 8.5 cm.). Very fine.

     The post card edition. Limited edition, limitation unstated. Missing from this set is the introductory text card substituted for title.     $350.00

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83. WALL, Bernhardt. Gen. Robert E. Lee. Sierra Madre, 1949. 36 miniature etchings, each approximately 4.5 x 3 cm. within an etched ornamental frame (8.8 x 7.5 cm.), plus etched cover label, on heavy wove paper, 4 signed by Wall. Various colored inks. 19.5 x 18.5 cm, heavy laid paper. Original hand-bound red cloth over boards, etched title label on upper cover. Very mild spotting to binding, otherwise very fine.

     Limited edition (100 signed copies, this being Trial Copy No. F/One). Following Bernhardt Wall, p. 50: “In addition to numerous historical scenes, Wall reproduced the general’s elusive signature. This book says that it was Dr. Martin H. Burge ‘who inspired me to produce this volume of etchings.’”   $1,750.00

 

84. WALL, Bernhardt. Gen. Robert E. Lee. Sierra Madre, 1949. 36 miniature etchings, each approximately 4.5 x 3 cm. within an etched ornamental frame (8.8 x 7.5 cm.), plus etched cover label, heavy wove paper, 2 signed by Wall. Various colored inks. Binding dimensions: 21 x 19 cm. Original hand-bound pale olive green paper over grey boards, etched label on upper cover. Spine separated from text block and perished, interior very fine, in browned grey wrapper split at spine with small section of upper spine missing. Interior and etchings very fine. Presentation copy with Wall’s ink manuscript note in black and grey ink on preliminary leaf: “To August Dietz, Sr., this book is inscribed with my deepest regards. Bernhardt Wall July 17, 1950.”

     Limited edition (#10 of 100 signed copies).     $1,750.00

 

85. WALL, Bernhardt. Gen. Robert E. Lee: A Short Pictorial Biography. Sierra Madre, 1949. 8 miniature etchings, approximately 4.5 x 3 cm., wove paper, each mounted within an etched ornamental frame border (7.5 x 6.5 cm.), 6 signed by Wall. Various colored inks. Unbound, each etching on post card stock (14 x 8.5 cm. Very fine.

     Post card edition.     $550.00

 

86. WALL, Bernhardt. The Capitols of the Southern States 1861. Sierra Madre, 1950. 30 miniature etchings, wove paper, each mounted within an etched ornamental frame border, 19 signed by Wall, plus cover etching and etcher’s label affixed to rear pastedown. Various shades of umber, brown, and gold inks. 19 x 18 cm. Original hand-bound grey cloth over grey boards with etching on upper cover, black ink rule on upper cover. Plain grey d.j. with etched spine label. Fine. Laid in is Wall’s TLs with added manuscript notes to Natalie Williams, dated July 10, 1950. 1 p., with miniature etching: Confederate Capitol of Louisiana, Shreveport, July 10, 1950, dated at Sierra Madre, explaining the background of the book.

     Limited edition (100 copies, Trial Copy One). Includes a letter sent by the artist with the book. The accomplished work of a master artist and one of the rarest books on the Confederacy.     $2,500.00

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87. WALL, Bernhardt. The Capitols of the Southern States 1861. Sierra Madre, 1950. 30 miniature etchings, approximately 4.5 x 3 cm., wove paper, each mounted within an etched ornamental frame border. Binding dimensions: 20 x 18.7 cm. Original hand-bound full red morocco, covers gilt-ruled, upper cover and spine gilt-lettered, inner gilt-ruled turn-ins. Original calligraphic presentation leaf to August Dietz, Sr. (June 10, 1950) in black ink. Other than inconsequential chafing to extremities and tips, very fine.

     Limited edition (Copy. No. “Personal” of 100 signed copies).     $2,500.00

 

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