Johnsonville, PA: Stone House Press, 1912, March. Softcover. Brownish tan [printed and sewn wraps. 25, (3) pp, one color, many other illustrations and letters. VG, little sign of age besides some light foxing here and there, printed on "Enfield S. Co. 1887" paper. Item #165642
This is the Spring Number, also titled (on the cover): The Village Number. Includes a lengthy illustrated article by Nicholas Vachel Lindsay "The New Localism: An Illustrated Essay For Village Statesmen." Also has shorter contributions by Eugenie M. Fryer "Two Pots of Gold: A Tale by...", Lucy M. Staunton "When The Art Student Returns Home" and Walter Storey "The Symphony Concert" and Charles J. Storey "Spring In The City" and "Street Piano." Colophon states "This issue of Vision, The Village Numnber, printed from type set by Mathew Smith of the Stone House Press at Johnsonville, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and the presswork done by him during March Nineteen Hundred and Twelve, the initials and decorations being designed and engraved on wood by Walter Storey. Walter Rendell Storey was born in 1881 in Upper Darby, PA and died in 1953 in Englewood, NJ. Charles Storey was his twin brother, an artist and art-teacher. Mathew Smith was a printer. They were all about 30 years old when the created "Vision." Walter Rendell Storey later became a writer on Interior Decoration and Antiques, his work appearing in the New Yotrk Times Sunday Magazine from about 1930 until 1945, as well as in other magazines. He also published a number of books on these topics. Worldcat locates this short-lived periodical in seven (7) libraries. It seems very likely that this issue, No. 4, was the final issue. The frontis illustration was drawn and hand-illumined by Helene Wood (who may be the same as Helene Wood Smith, who taught at the Carmel Monterey Peninsula Art Colony with William Merritt Chase in 1910, having come there from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY). She is believed to have been murdered near Carmel in August of 1914, as described in the Winnipeg Tribune from August 27, 1914 on page 10. It also appears that Lindsay created his own illustrations for his article, and they are dated 1910. Lindsay, who became known simplay as Vachel Lindsay soon after this was published, became the founder of "Singing Poetry" and his works are preserved in several locations, including his birth home in Springfield, IL. Extremely rare.
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