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October 26, 2007

“A volume that met all of the standards we can set for a book”-Holman

68. LEA, Tom. Peleliu Landing. El Paso: Carl Hertzog, 1945. [4], 34, [2] pp., plates by the author. 4to (28.5 x 22.7 cm), original herringbone twill Marine dungaree cloth. Very fine in original, moderately chipped glassine d.j. With the offprint from Life Magazine: “Peleliu, Tom Lea Paints Island Invasion.” Signed by Lea.

            First edition, limited edition (#465 of 500 numbered copies, signed by Lea). Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Lea) 30. Hinshaw & Lovelace, Lea 66C. Holman, Hertzog Dozen: “A volume that met all of the standards we can set for a book.” Lowman, Printer at the Pass 29A: “Here the author’s original battle sketches and accompanying narrative are presented in one of Hertzog’s great achievements. Katherine Simmons said of this masterpiece: ‘All the agony and shock of the Marine landing on Peleliu Island are in Lea’s narrative. The black and white of the sketches he drew 'before my hand steadied' are stark and poignant beyond the paintings he later made from them for Life magazine....’ The title and initial letters are photographic enlargements of the Centaur type, and were printed from zinc etchings. The endpapers were made using a photograph taken by the author-artist from his foxhole near the beach. The text was printed by letterpress with spaces left for the drawings which were reproduced in a second press run on the same sheets by photo-offset, to retain the effect of original drawings.... Eight pages in color from Life magazine were laid in all copies of the deluxe edition”; Remembering Carl Hertzog, pp. 7–8: “The most daring, exciting, and innovative volume produced in Texas to that time.” ($750-1,500)

Sold. Hammer: $950.00; Price Realized: $1,116.25

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