1935 · Stamford, CT
First appearance with Dwiggins' illustrations: An acclaimed limited-edition => Overbrook Press printing of Nathan's delicate, melancholy tale of a former antiques dealer, a violinist, and a streetwalker doing their best to survive a bitter winter at the start of the Depression. A friendly street cleaner and his wife provide some aid to the homeless trio, while the despairing president of a failing bank complicates their precarious situation. The novel was turned into a film in 1935, and a radio play in 1953.
W.A. Dwiggins designed the volume and provided a total of => 18 hand-stencilled color illustrations: 16 scenes at the start of the chapters, plus vignettes for the title-page and colophon. This is => one of 750 copies printed, signed at the colophon by the artist.
Provenance: Front pastedown with bookplate of Paul A. Bennett, director of typography for the Mergenthaler Linotype Company and founding member of the Typophiles; most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Cahoon, p.7; Laurence A12c. Publisher's light green and blue printed paper–covered boards with tan cloth shelfback, spine with printed paper label; sides and spine showing moderate spotting. Endpapers with offsetting from previous cellophane wrapper; pages gently age-toned. => An all-around pleasure. (Inventory #: 37870)