[Broadside]. A Printer Dances a Terrible Dance of Death” [and] “A Bad Case of the Jitters.” Affectionately presented to Ward Ritchie by Los Compadres at Jake Zeitlin’s Red Barn on June 26, 1982.
[ Los Angeles: 1982]. With an illustration (8” x 7”) of a danse macabre (with skeletons labeled Sales, Service, Costs, and Charts) on Gutenberg’s grave above the poem “A Printer Dances a Terrible Dance of Death” by John Henry Nash. Also, with anecdote, “A Bad Case of the Jitters,” by Nash. Text and engraving in decorative borders. Text and images printed in black, on off-white card paper. A fine, bright copy of a rare later Ward Ritchie and Jake Zeitlin association item. 21 in. x 15 in. Item #16852
Los Compadres" refers to an informal club of bibliophiles gathered around Jake Zeitlin and his Red Barn. The issuer of this broadside. who may also be the printer, was undoubtedly a club member. It was likely issued in a very small number, perhaps for members of the club, in addition to Ritchie and Zeitlin. OCLC lists no copies, though the Clark Library, which houses Ritchie's papers has copies. Ritchie collectors and Zeitlin employees from the 1980s we have consulted are unfamiliar with it.