Lot 193 of 314:
A Canticle of Praise presentation copy to Alfred Sutro  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyer's Premium):$120
Estimate:
$200 - $300

Title:
A Canticle of Praise; First Delivered in the Greek Theatre at the University of California, Berkeley, Sunday, December First and now Imprinted for the Joy of the Making by John Henry Nash - presentation copy to Alfred Sutro
Author:
Bynner, Witter
Place:
San Francisco:
Publisher:
John Henry Nash
Date:
1918
Description:

[2], 9 pp. Printed in red and black wth light green borders. (Folio) light blue wrappers lettered in dark blue; housed in custom blue cloth chemise stamped in gilt. One of 200 copies. First Edition.

Signed by the author on the first page to Alfred Sutro, and dated "San Francisco, November 19, 1925." With Alfred Sutro's armorial bookplate mounted on the inner front wrapper. Alfred Sutro was long a member of the California Historical Society and was a President of The Book Club of California. Though the date 1928 is stamped on the outer chemise, the volume was inscribed in 1925, and the copyright page states 1918.

Witter Bynner, poet, was a conscientious objector during WWI and, as alternative service, taught English at the University of California, Berkeley. This short piece, "A Canticle of Praise", was composed by him to celebrate the end of the war and was performed in the Hearst Greek Theatre before approximately 8,000 people.

Lot Amendments
Condition:
Light wear to wrappers, faint offsetting to first page; very good or better.
 
Item number:
303340
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