[N.p.:]: Distaff Side, 1939. Limited to 195 copies. This project was produced as a valentine to Frederick W. Goudy after his Village Press was destroyed by fire for the second time. Twenty-five gatherings by a variety of presses. First gathering (between the front endpapers) opens to an 8 1/2 x 12 Valentine. Edges of boards lightly rubbed. Very good. Blue marbled paper boards with natural linen backstrip, spine stamped in blue. Twelvemo (4 1/2 x 6). Item #7960
The Distaff Side was a group of women printers, publishers, and artists. It was “born out of a righteous indignation that sufficient recognition had never been accorded to woman's place in the history of printing.” Their works were often produced to benefit charity. Members included Bertha Goudy, Mabel Dwiggins, Jane Grabhorn, Edna Beilenson, Madeline Forgue (Black Cat Press), Helen Olson (Spiral Press), Margaret Evans (Overbrook Press), and others, and their books were most often printed to benefit charity. The present work consists of verses and tributes to Frederic Goudy, including as well an excerpt from D. B. Updike’s “The Black Art.”.