Heritage Press – The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder (1962)
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The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder (1962)
Sandglass Number II:27
Artwork: Lithographs in color by Jean Charlot
Introduced by Granville Hicks
Reprint of LEC #331, 30th Series, V. 4 in 1962
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Front Binding – Enough with the non-book oriented posts; let’s get back to what this blog is all about, shall we? Today’s post is a great example of design; the lovely The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder. Wilder made his first appearance here introducing Oedipus the King, but now we have an actual work of his to consider. Wilder’s best known perhaps for his play Our Town (which received a LEC in 1974 that Wilder signed along with its artist Robert J. Lee!), but in terms of his fiction, it’s hard to argue against The Bridge of San Luis Rey being his most renowned. Those two works would be all he would see in terms of LEC content.
Jean Charlot provided his touch for The Bridge of San Luis Rey, the second and last commission he would receive from the Club. His prior contribution was Prosper Merimee’s Carmen back in 1941. He has a pretty distinctive style that I think works well with the book’s content, and the Sandglass gets into his background pretty intensely if you’d like to know more.
Production notes: Designed by Peter Oldenburg. Font is Monotype Plantin 12-pt, with headers in Plantin 9-pt. Titles and initials are in Albertus. Printed by The Thistle Press on Ticonderoga Mills creme-white laid paper. Russell-Rutter as usual provided the binding. The lithographs were done in a four-color fresco format on zinc plates, and were pulled by George C. and Burr Miller in New York.
Title Page – A very bold title page awaits you here; this is one of my favorites. Granville Hicks wrote up some thoughts on the work for an introduction.
Examples of the In-text Illustrations by Charlot (right click and open in new tab for full size):
Personal Notes – This copy was picked up at Second Time Around Used Books in Merced, well before I worked there for a year, probably in 2009 or 2010. I quite like it, and look forward to reading it sometime.
Sandglass(right click and open in new tab for full size):