Item #870 The Pillar of the Cloud. John Henry Newman.
The Pillar of the Cloud
The Pillar of the Cloud

The Pillar of the Cloud

San Francisco: Privately printed by the Grabhorn Press for Albert Bender, 1939. Limited edition. Folio sheet (15 by 10 1/2 inches), printed on watermarked paper, folded once to make four pages. Title in black with printer's device on the 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, suitable for framing. Item #870


Uncommon limited edition of one of John Henry Newman's greatest poems—decorated with the initial word in large gilt capitals and two smaller crosses in orange—and printed by the Grabhonr Press on a watermarked folio (15 inch) sheet. The text leaf can be folded back for matting and framing.

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 (an influential 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. Magee, Dorothy and David. Bibliography of the Grabhorn Press 1940–1956.

Price: $250.00

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