(New York: Press of Valenti Angelo, 1951). 260 x 185 mm. (10 1/8 x 7 1/4").  leaves. ONE OF 100 COPIES printed and signed by Angelo, this copy for Paul Bennett.
Original blue paper wrappers, lettering in brown on upper cover. With a line-cut portrait of St. Francis by Angelo, printed in colors. Front flyleaf with pencilled owner's inscription of Paul Bennett. Wrappers a little faded at edges, with short split at tail of front joint, but a pristine copy internally.
This appealing private press edition of the beloved "Brother Sun, Sister Moon" hymn was designed, illustrated, and printed by Valenti Angelo (1897-1992), best known for illustrating books for the Grabhorn Press. Born in Italy, Angelo began drawing at an early age, but never received formal training. His family immigrated to the United States when he was eight, eventually settling in California. Angelo moved to San Francisco at age 19, working as a laborer by day and exploring the city's museums and libraries in his spare time, learning all he could about printmaking. He landed a job at a photoengraving firm, and his career began to take off. Ten years after arriving in San Francisco, he began illustrating and decorating books for the Grabhorn Press, and went on to embellish 250 titles over the next 34 years, including several titles that won awards from the American Institute of Graphic Arts exhibitions. He wrote and illustrated a children's book based on his Italian childhood that won the prestigious Newbery Award in 1939. In the late 1940s, Angelo moved to New York, where set up his own small press. He produced more than 30 works over the next 25 years, many of them religious in tone; Angelo was a devout Catholic all of his life. With the present book, he honors his faith, his craft, and the patron saint of his adopted hometown, San Francisco. Our copy was printed for one of Angelo's friends and fellow bookmen: Paul A. Bennett (1897-1966), typographer and co-founder of the Typophiles Society. (ST15816-17)
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PJP Catalog: RCVF20.004