A Few Modern First Editions from the Stock of Jake Zeitlin.
Los Angeles: Jake Zeitlin Books, 1929, List No.2 from the firm, which opened in 1928, on Hope Street near 6th Street in downtown Los Angeles. The firm moved several times, ending up in a converted barn on La Cienega Blvd. With the grasshopper device, designed by Lloyd Wright for Jake Zeitlin, on the title-page. Minor toning to edges and very slight creasing, else a very good copy. Paper wrappers, stapled. 6" x 4 1/2"  pp. Item #17214
Zeitlin (1902-1987), one of the most important booksellers in Los Angeles history, is known for developing the rare book field of history of science, for testifying at the California Supreme Court in the obscenity trial of Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer, and for being one of the first people to exhibit the works of Paul Landacre and Edward Weston, and the first in America to exhibit the works of German artist Käthe Kollwitz. He was the founder of the Primavera Press and the co-founder of the Rounce and Coffin Club. He helpped form numerous important library collections and mentored a number of booksellers and other book people in the L.A. area over the course of his long career.
A Few Modern First Editions lists 101 works, including Ambrose Bierce's Tales of Soldiers and Civilians, James Branch Cabell's Chivalry and Gallantry, Joseph Conrad's Children of the Sea, Lord Dunsany's A Dreamer's Tales and Plays of Gods and Men, Ralph Waldo Emerson's Essays, Norah Hoult's Poor Women, Andrew Lang's Old Friends: Essays in Epistolary Parody, Sinclair Lewis' Babbitt, John Masefield's The Midnight Folk, and Robert Louis Stevenson's A Christmas Sermon.