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Walter Prichard Eaton (1878-1957), Newark: A Series of Engravings on Wood by Rudolph Ruzicka (Newark: Carteret Book Club; printed by D.B. Updike of the Merrymount Press, 1917). Copy 124 of 200. Graphic Arts Collection
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From 1908 to 1957, the Carteret Book Club brought together book lovers from New Jersey and New York at monthly meetings in the Newark Public Library. At its height, the club boasted 80 members, including Elmer Adler the first curator of graphic arts at Princeton University.

These men (no women) sought to promote the study of book production, to hold regular exhibitions, and to publish their own fine press, limited editions with original illustrations commissioned especially for each volume. Twenty-three volumes were published and one of the best was their 1917 Newark. The book combines an appreciation of the city by Walter Prichard Eaton, principal drama critic for the Sun and American Magazine, with color wood engravings by Rudolph Ruzicka (1883-1978).

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Magnificent image. That blue sky over Newark cityscape is stunning. The sketch of what looks to be Washington Park is also quite wonderful.