White Collar: A Novel in Linocuts
Place Published: San Francisco, CA
Publisher: Pisani Printing & Publishing Co.
Date Published: [c.1940]
Edition: Second State
Book Id: 49310
Quarto [27 cm]; stiff black card wrappers with title printed in light gray on backstrip, and illustration printed in light gray on the front wrapper. Illustrations printed in black and orange. Very good minus. The covers are rubbed and creased, there are small losses from the head of the spine and the corners of the covers, and the front cover has a couple of small stains. The pages are darkened, and slightly chipped at the fore edge corners. The top fore edge corners of the last 10 pages are damp stained. The John L. Lewis afterword has been excised, and is missing. In a black cloth covered slipcase, in very good minus condition, with rubbing, and a handful of prominent scrapes on the side panel. The longest scrape measures 3 1/2".
A classic from the Great Depression much in the style of early Lynd Ward or Franz Masereel. First published privately just prior to World War II, White Collar has remained a biting critique of the powers that be, and at the same time championing the working class. This book is uncommon in any condition or edition. "White Collar was to be my contribution to, what I believed then, an indispensable understanding of the necessity of unity among all American workers and voters. I was not a writer, so illustrations in sequence were, I thought, the answer. I had a printing press and lots of linoleum to use for linoleum cuts, so I set to work the idea of doing the entire job myself. I was young, naive and in a hurry, but I soon discovered that a book, a story, an ideal, each is a slow process, even with some help from the family. It took several years to engrave, print, bind and distribute a book that was seen by a very few people who did not need convincing." - Giacomo Patri - June,1975.