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Lot 85

Greenwich Village Types with 2 Original Zinc Plates

85. WALL, Bernhardt. Greenwich Village Types: Tenements & Temples. New York, [1920]. 27 etchings (plus etching on upper cover), 23 signed by Wall. Plus 2 original zinc plates set within boards (“An Italian Feed,” scene in restaurant; and “Italian Church”). Mostly brown and black inks, but a few colored lilac, orange, etc. Heavy wove paper. Original hand-bound grey cloth over grey paper-covered boards (25.3 x 22.8 cm), plain grey dust wrapper with Wall’s ms. title on paper spine label. Except for mild foxing of boards and a few spots on dust wrappers, very fine, the etchings excellent. A few of the plates have Wall’s pencil notes. Laid in is Wall’s unsigned typed letter of explanation concerning production of the book, in which he states that the plates had become so worn that he could not print from them any longer. Wall’s signed ink presentation copy to Dorothy Blodgett Scholle, dated 1937.

     Limited edition (#21 of 26 signed copies). According to the limitation leaf, this is the third state. Weber, p. 31: "An interesting pictorial presentation of 'the Montmartre of America,' an area in Manhattan long frequented by authors, artists, and students." The limitation leaf describes Greenwich Village thus: "A hodge-podge of tumble-down tenements, rickety architectural relics, with a great deal of modernity just minced together. Mushroom tea taverns & dancing dens have found lodgement in the attics & cellars." One of the most charming and spirited of Wall's productions. ($4,000-8,000)

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