SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION OF ECCLESIASTES, WITH 26 LOVELY LINE DRAWINGS BY EMLEN ETTING—INSCRIBED BY THE ARTIST TO HIS MOTHER
ETTING, Emlen. Koheleth: The Book of Ecclesiastes. (Norfolk, Connecticut): New Directions, 1940. Small folio, original half blue linen and ivory linen boards lettered in gilt; original slipcase with paper label. $750.
Limited private-press edition, one of 1500 copies, with 26 full-page line illustrations by Emlen Etting. This copy a presentation copy inscribed by the artist, “For my Mother [flourish] Emlen.”
During his career, Philadelphia native Emlen Etting created scores of paintings, drawings, and sculptures—exhibited in more than 30 one-man shows in New York, Philadelphia, and Paris. Upon taking a degree in French Literature from Harvard, he spent four years in Paris, where he met Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Jean-Paul Sartre, and learned to paint. Etting later taught at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Philadelphia College of Art. In October 1940, New Directions prepared this special limited edition of Ecclesiastes, with Etting’s unusual line drawings, printed by Peter Beilenson at the Walpole Printing Office.
A bit of toning to boards and extremities of slipcase. A near-fine copy, with an excellent presentation and association.