Place and Imprint: (Berkeley: The Archetype Press, 1985-86).
Edition: First and only editions; size of the edition not stated, but earlier volumes in the same series were limited to 100 copies.
Condition: In fine condition.
Book ID: 28809
Physical DescriptionTwo scrolls comprised of five panels each (approximately 40 x 50 cm per panel or 20 x 250 cm per scroll), each panel is printed in four columns, surrounded by a decorative border, and each scroll is housed in a cylindrical case covered with decorated paper and a letterpress label, as issued.
CommentsThe final two installments in The Poetry of Learning, a series of 26 scrolls that began with the letter A in 1973 and concluded with these two scrolls, Y & Z, in 1985 and 1986. The Poetry of Learning - an Abecedarian Series, as Bentley fashioned it - was a sequence of narratives in sonnet and other similar short metrical forms about travel, teaching, printing, culture and personalities in the world of books that Bentley had known, learned and benefited from over a long career that began with Porter Garnett and the Laboratory Press in Pittsburgh. Wilder Bentley (1900-1989), who also referred to himself as Wilder Bentley the Elder, wrote and printed the epigrammatic poems in letterpress at his Archetype Press in Berkeley, constructed the sheets into scrolls and housed them each in a decorated cylindrical case, with a printed letterpress label and a small second label with his printer’s device in the form of an Asian character. Dawson's Book Shop in Los Angeles helped Bentley distribute the scrolls by subscription. These two are from the library of San Francisco printer George Ritchie, who corrected the proofs of the final scroll (Z) for Bentley; four of those proofs, with Ritchie’s and Bentley’s markings, are included here.