San Francisco: Privately printed by the Grabhorn Press, 1939. Limited edition. Folio sheet (15 by 21 inches), folded once to make four pages, printed on watermarked paper with title in black and printer's device on front page, fore-and-bottom edges uncut, text in gilt and black with orange decorations. Closed tear and gentle creasing along fore-edge, not affecting text. A nearly-fine copy. Item #1510
"AND WITH THE MORN THOSE ANGEL FACES SMILE / WHICH I LOVED LONG SINCE / AND LOST AWHILE"
Uncommon limited edition of one of John Henry Newman's greatest poems—decorated with the initial word in large (1 1/4 inch tall) gilt capitals and two smaller crosses in orange—and printed on a folio sheet (15 by 21 inches) by the Grabhorn Press with a circular watermark under the last line of text.
Best known for it's opening words, "Lead, Kindly Light," Newman's the Pillar of the Cloud was "written when he was at sea in June 1833, voyaging from Sicily to Italy. It is a poem of utter conviction, confidence, and strong acceptance of God's steady guidance. The Poem's complete sincerity, and concentrated assurance are emphasized by the powerful double spondee in the second and fourth lines of each stanza, 'Lead Thou me on!' It is a tribute to Newman that this poem, above all the rest, survives popularly as an often-sung hymn set to J.B. Dykes's haunting tune 'Lux Beningna'" (Brian Martin).
This limited folio edition of the poem was printed by the Grabhorns in June 1939 for Albert M. Bender (the Dublin-born book collector and patron of the arts in San Francisco, who supported artists such as Ansel Adams and Diego Rivera). This was one of only 71 (unnumbered) copies, handset in Lutetia type and printed on French handmade paper. Martin. John Henry Newman: His Life and Work; Dorothy and David Magee. Bibliography of the Grabhorn Press 1940–1956.