San Francisco, CA: Pisani Printing & Publishing Co. [c.1940]. [Second edition]. Paperback. Quarto [27 cm]; stiff black card wrappers with title printed in white on backstrip, and illustration printed in white on front panel. A small amount of creasing and bumping to edges and corners, hinges are a little weak, otherwise a lovely copy. Very good. Item #48054
A classic from the Great Depression much in the style of early Lynd Ward or Frans 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.