Millbrae, CA: Celestial Arts, 1975. First Celestial Arts paperback printing. Paperback. SIGNED. Octavo [21.5 cm] in wraps. With some mild toning and several areas of light indentations to the wraps. This copy is inscribed by Patri on the title page: "To____ and _____, Giacomo G. P." Signed copies of this edition are rare, as Patri died a few years after its release, in 1978. Very good. Item #57705
A classic from the Great Depression and one of the finest examples of a 'wordless novel'. This work consists of 122 linocuts similar in style to the work of Frans Masereel or early Lynd Ward. Patri was inspired by the stock market crash of 1929 to create something that would help to unify (and unionize) the working classes, both "white-" and "blue-collar". He began work on White Collar in 1930 and finally completed the book ten years later.
"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.