Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1929. First edition. Hardcover. Orig. orange cloth spine and blue cloth, front cover and spine lettered in gilt. Age. Fine in original nicked glassine.. 53 pages in text. Limited edition, copy 46 of 150 with original woodblock designed, printed and signed by Szukalski, the book set by hand in Bodoni, and printed by the Lakeside Press. Abundantly illustrated with his designs, many with letterpress text. Szukalski immigrated to the United States in his teens, where he joined the arts scene in Chicago and became a vital part of the "Chicago Renaissance." He later, in 1940 moved to Los Angeles where he lived in poverty, taking odd jobs in film studios, designing scenery, occasionally sculpting and drawing. In the introduction his moving tribute to American jazz adumbrates his philosophical stance relative to art and culture. Bright, almost as new copy with the original glassine dust wrapper intact, but frayed. (Inventory #: 20815)
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