[WOOLLY WHALE, PRESS OF THE]. Guest book of the Press of the Woolly Whale, 25 April 1928-28 March 1941, 63 leaves, mostly written on rectos only, containing 11 watercolors, 16 pen-and-ink drawings, 6 pencil sketches, 5 mounted photographs and other ephemera (including Guggenheim family bookplates) and approximately 600 signatures. (Few leaves with some old glue or tape residue, otherwise in fine condition.) 4o (299 x 220 mm). Calf, richly gilt (rebacked preserving original spine).
Including drawings and watercolors by: Valenti Angelo, C.R. Baldridge, Butler, Warren Chappell (2), Ernest B. Dielman (2; including full-page portrait of an Indian), Donald Greame-Kelley, Fritz Kredel (2), Wolfgang Lederer, Philip Reed, Alan Reeve, Gustav Wolf.
Included are signatures of famous typographers, artists and bookmen: Otto Betteman (pasting three photographs around his inscription), Mary Flagler Cary, W.B. Dalton, Gerhard Gerlach, Frederic W. Goudy, Clarence Hornung (with a small sketch), Mitchell Kennerley, Douglas McMurtrie, George Macy, F. Clifford Maggs, Stanley Morison, Will Ransom, Bruce Rogers, Rudolph Ruzicka, Karl Shultheiss, Karl Ullstein, Lynd Ward, Frederic Warde, Paul Wescott, Laurence Wroth.
The Press of the Woolly Whale was founded by Melbert B. Cary, Jr., a New York businessman and prominent figure in the fields of typography and private printing during the second quarter of the twentied century. Cary was director of Continental Type Founders Association, a former president of the American Institute of Graphic Arts, and proprietor of the private Press of the Woolly Whale. His professional and personal interests in printing led him to collect printer's manuals and type specimens, as well as great books of the printer's art. In the preface to the press's first book, The Vision of Sir Launfal, Cary declared his mission: "Our intention [is] to publish only those texts which appeal strongly to us, excluding those accepted classics, so completely accepted that they are never opened. Our interest lies only with those who read their books, cherishing them because of the enjoyment gained from using them."