consists of 7 items: [not all are pictured]
The first five years of FINE PRINTS [ bound ] IN PURPLE as
Each Volume measures 4 3/4" X 6"
All pages are Fine+. In fact, when I tried to peer inside one
volume by raising the board about one inch it started to make the noise of a book being opened for the first time--so I carefully
closed the cover--all are that way.
All boards are likewise Fine+ condition with the exception of Volume 1 which has
warped boards. See photos of warped boards.
Scarcity: Only once, on a night when the moon was very blue,
have I seen another complete set of FINE PRINTS, [bound].
Citation: Bender, J.H., FINE PRINTS,
Kansas City: The Alden Galleries. [Bound]
Vol. 1, No.'s 1-9, being complete as issued for December
1931 through November 1932
Vol. 2, No.'s 1-9, being complete as issued for December 1932 through November
Vol. 3, No.'s 1-9, being complete as issued for December 1933 through November 1934
Vol. 4, No.'s 1-9, being complete as issued for December 1934 through November 1935
Vol. 5, No.'s 1-9, being complete as issued for December 1935 through November 1936
The first three years of FINE PRINTS [ unbound ] as originally issued. See cover art from this unbound set pictured below.
individual 4" X 6" stapled pamphlets.
VG+ to FINE.
Scarcity: I have never seen the first three [unbound] volumes
together, complete, and so nice.
Vol. 1, No.'s 1-9, being
complete as issued for December 1931 through November 1932
Vol. 2, No.'s 1-9, being complete as issued for December
1932 through November 1933
Vol. 3, No.'s 1-9, being complete as issued for December 1933 through November
A special larger-sized pamplet
[ 40 pp. 5 1/4" X 7"] entitled SIXTEEN ETCHINGS OF THE THAMES. Bender tells the story behind Whistler's
"Thames Set " of fine prints. Pictured above.
With an original portrait [original signed etching] of Whistler
laid in under tissue.
Etching made and signed in pencil by John de Martelly, a student under Thomas Hart
Bender, J. H., The Thames Set, James MacN. Whistler. Sixteen Etchings of the Thames. Kansas City:
Alden Galleries, 1933,1933. With an portrait [actual original etching ] of James MacN. Whistler laid in under tissue.
Etching made by John de Martelly, a student under Thomas Hart Benton.
Wrappers VG -
Inside is FINE
Etching is FINE+
[4 3/4" X 6"] pamphlet Bender produced to promote the reading of important art books. Not pictured.
This is a pamphlet listing books that THE ALDEN GALLERIES was offering for sale.
Cite: J.H. Bender.
BOOKS ON FINE PRINTS AND GRAPHIC ARTS, NEW AND SECOND-HAND, Kansas City: Alden
Galleries. No date 40pp. colophon. NEAR FINE
a pamphlet [4 3/4" X 6"] entitled BOOKS ON THE GRAPHIC ARTS cataloging books for sale in the Alden Galleries. Books properly cited, commented
on, and priced by Bender. NEAR FINE. Not pictured.
Bender, J.H., Books
on The Graphic Arts. Including a few choice collector's items and an unusually fine lot of illustrated books from early
books. Kansas City: Alden Galleries, no date 26pp.
individual Alden Gallery catalogues picturing in miniature and describing all the best prints THE ALDEN
GALLERIES was offering in the early to mid 1930's. Sale prices listed. [ 4 3/4" X 6" ] VG- to NF. Each of these catalogues was called FINE PRINTS right on the cover,
though different in format and content than FINE PRINTS "monthly." This is the largest
collection of ALDEN GALLERIES catalogues I have seen amassed. Catalogues were never dated. See photographs below.
THE 37 MOST IMPORTANT PRINT
MAKERS IN AMERICA: JAMES E. ALLEN; JOHN TAYLOR ARMS; BEATRICE HARPER BANNING; ALBERT W. BARKER; ISABEL BISHOP; LOWELL
BOBLETER; G. A. BRADSHAW; SYD BROWNE; A. RAY BURRELL; PAUL CADMUS; CHARLES M.
CAPPS; SAMUEL CHAMBERLAIN; ASA CHEFFETZ; KERR EBY; WANDA GAG; ARTHUR WILLIAM HEINTZELMAN; MORRIS
HENRY HOBBS; HANS KLEIBER; GENE KLOSS; ALEXANDER Z. KRUSE; ARMIN LANDECK; J.J. LANKES; MARTIN LEWIS; LEO J. MEISSNER; JOHN
C. MENIHAN; MAX MOUGEL; YHOAMS W. NASON; ROSELLE H. OSK; CARL PICKHARDT; DOEL REED; RUTH STARR ROSE;
LOUIS C. ROSENBERG; ERNEST D. ROTH; RUTH DORIS SWETT; WALTER TITTLE; STOW WENGENROTH; R.W. WOICESKE
is a single, special catalogue.
Labeled FINE PRINTS like the other 18 catalogues mentioned
above. And once again, like those 18 catalogues, this catalogue is different in form and content than the "monthly"
Not dated. [4 3/4 " X 6"] More pages than typical catalogue.
Unpaginated, about 72pp.
NEAR FINE condition. Pictured below.
THIS CATALOGUE WAS ORGANIZED AROUND A CENTRAL IDEA.
As it reads in the introduction which J.H. Bender wrote: "This
catalogue is the result of a luncheon I had with a prominent artist. The conversation naturally turned to the difficulty that
print makers have in bringing thheir best work to the attention of the buying public. Before the luncheon was over,
we had hatched an idea that seemed to offer a solution; another meeting the next day ironed out the details and work was started.
This is the result. Thirty-seven of the most important American print makers each agreed to select eight best prints they
had made in the past five years and submit them to me. From each of these groups I selected four or five prints that in my
judgement were the best."
Features a brief profile of the 37 most important American fine print makers at
the time. Illustrations in miniature with a Bender "one line comment" per print. Four to six representative fine
prints for each artist.
SOME OF THE 18 OTHER CATALOGUES WERE ORGANIZED AROUND CENTRAL IDEAS. THIS ONE STOOD
OUT AS QUITE A SIGNIFICANT ASSEMBLY. MANY OF THE OTHER CATALOGUES WERE MUCH MUCH MORE EUROPEAN IN FOCUS AS WOULD BE EXPECTED.
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