[San Francisco:[: [Grabhorn Press for Frances B. Lilenthal], 1953. Limited edition of thirty copies. First appearance of this poem by Robinson Jeffers, written in honor of Theodore Lilienthal's birthday. With a gilt textual illustration, large gilt initial, and gilt illustrated colophon. Printed on rectos only. A fine copy. Original linen over patterned boards with a gilt-lettered paper spine label. Inscribed in green ink on the front flyleaf by "Ted" (Lilienthal) and dated 1953. Folio. , [+1, colophon] pp. Item #16254
Theodore Lilienthal (1912-2009) was fourth-generation San Franciscan from one of the Bay Area's oldest families. He attended Stanford University and, after graduating in 1934, found employment in a variety of sales and executive advertising positions. His wife Wendy was a well-known artist. Upon his retirement, he returned to work for twenty more years at KQED's San Francisco Focus Magazine and San Francisco Magazine. Throughout his life, he was very passionate about the arts; he and his wife traveled extensively, visiting art and music venues around the world. Lilienthal maintained an autograph collection, which was started in the nineteenth century by his grandfather Rabbi Dr. Max Lilienthal. The collection included personal letters, notes, and signatures of prominent scholars, writers, artists, and world leaders. De rerum virtute was printed as a sixtieth birthday tribute to Lilienthal from his wife and Robinson Jeffers.
Grabhorn Press Bibliography #533.