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    Walter Kahoe Archive from the Rose Valley Press and The Whimsie Press

    [Fine Press]. An astounding archive of some 560 items, consisting of work done by Walter Kahoe and family from the 1930s to the 1970s.

    Most are hard-bound small books, approximately 5 x 4.25 inches (some larger to 8.75 x 5.25 inches) or soft-bound ribbon-tied books, often in their original envelopes. The group also includes one complete page of set type, and a title-page set in type, along with approximately 27 original cuts used to illustrate the books. Also included are two complete sets of the Golden Door Magazine, and various ephemeral forms related to its publication. The collection includes:

    Edward Lear.
    Nonsense Alphabet. 1942. Two first edition (thus) hardbound copies (from a total edition of 70 copies) plus 26 metal cuts used for the illustrations by Lear and Betty Bacon and set type for the title and author. Hans Christian Andersen. The Goblin at the Grocery Store. 1944. Three first edition (thus) hardbound copies (total edition of 100) printed on laid book paper. Two front illustrations by Louise R. Pfeiffer hand-colored. Lovely note about how book was printed. Hans Christian Andersen. The Goblin at the Grocery Store. 1944. Three first edition (thus) hardbound copies (total edition of 10) printed on dull coated paper. Two front illustrations by Louise R. Pfeiffer hand-colored. Hans Christian Andersen. The Goblin at the Grocery Store. 1944. Two first edition (thus) hardbound copies (total edition of 10) printed on Arnold Unbleached paper. Two front illustrations by Louise R. Pfeiffer and Rose Valley Press logo at back all hand-colored. (this version is slightly larger). Aesop. Walter Kahoe (reteller). Ten Fables of Aesop. 1944. Two first edition (thus) hardbound copies (total edition of 20) printed on dull-finished coated paper. Illustrations by John Tenniel. Aesop. Walter Kahoe (reteller). Ten Fables of Aesop. 1944. Four first edition (thus) hardbound copies (total edition of 120) printed on laid paper. Illustrations by John Tenniel. Aesop. Walter Kahoe (reteller). Ten Fables of Aesop. 1944. Four first edition (thus) hardbound copies (total edition of 12) printed on Arnold Unbleached paper. Illustrations by John Tenniel. (this version is slightly larger). Walter Kahoe (gatherer). Garland of Poems. 1945. Six first edition (thus) hardbound copies (total edition of 150). Illustrations by Gus Ulhmann. Walter Kahoe (reteller). The Wise Men of Gotham. 1946. Six first edition (thus) hardbound copies (total edition of 300). Illustrations by Gustav Ulhmann. John Donne. The Bell. 1946. Four first edition (thus) hardbound copies (total edition of 40). Printed April 1946. This is not a "Christmas" book. John Donne. The Bell. 1946. Seven first edition, second printing (thus) hardbound copies (total edition of 150). Printed Summer 1946. John. Donne. The Bell. 1946. Two first edition, second printing (thus) hardbound copies (total edition of 8) on Arnold paper. Printed Summer 1946. [King James Bible]. The First Christmas. 1947. Four first edition (thus) hardbound copies (total edition of 300). Walter & Mildred Kahoe (retellers). The Seven Blind Men and the Elephant. 1949. Fourteen first edition (thus) hardbound copies (total edition of 300). Illustrated by Gustav Ulhmann. [King James Bible]. The One God. 1947. Four first edition (thus) hardbound copies (total edition of 20). "Hamilton Kilmory" paper. Not a "Christmas" book. Walter Kahoe. Journey of the Wise Men. 1950. Eighteen first edition (thus) hardbound copies (total edition of 300). Illustrated by Janilee Middlebrooks. Benjamin Franklin. Two Parables. 1951. Twenty-two first edition (thus) hardbound copies (total edition of 50). Illustrated by Janilee Middlebrooks. Walter Kahoe (compiler). Book Titles From the Bible. 1956. Ten first edition (thus) hardbound copies (total edition of 175). "Canterbury Text" paper. Not a "Christmas" book. Walter Kahoe (compiler). Book Titles From the Bible. 1956. Ten first edition (thus) hardbound copies (total edition of 75). "Special book" paper. The Flushing Remonstrance. 1958. Eight first edition (thus) hardbound copies (limitation not specified). Illustrated by Clint Bradley. All copies have a mint 3 cent Flushing Remonstrance stamp in the back. Benjamin West. 1960. Eight first edition (thus) softbound copies (limitation not specified). Illustrated by Clint Bradley. Parson Mason L. Weems. King and Quaker. 1962. Nine first edition (thus) softbound copies (limitation not specified). Illustrated by Clint Bradley. All have small card, "Season's Greetings Mildred and Walter Kahoe" inserted. Some envelopes are a bit discolored, but contents are fine. Parson Mason L. Weems. King and Quaker. 1962. Twenty first edition (thus) hardbound copies (limitation not specified). Illustrated by Clint Bradley. John Woolman. 1963. Four first edition (thus) softbound copies (limitation not specified). Illustrated by Clint Bradley. Brother Francis. 1964. Four first edition (thus) hardbound copies (limitation not specified). Illustrated by Clint Bradley. Printed on yellow paper. Brother Francis. 1964. Four first edition (thus) hardbound copies (limitation not specified). Illustrated by Clint Bradley. Walter Kahoe (compiler). Book Titles From Shakespeare. Four first edition (thus) hardbound copies (total edition of 150). W. D. Snively, Jr. My Father. 1964. Four first edition (thus) hardbound copies (limitation not specified). Illustrated by Jane Schaefer Smith. Not a "Christmas" book. Walter & Mildred Kahoe (compilers). The Flowers and Foliage of Christmas. 1965. Ten first edition (thus) softbound copies (limitation not specified). Walter & Mildred Kahoe (compilers). The Flowers and Foliage of Christmas. 1965. Eight first edition (thus) hardbound copies (limitation not specified). All copies have a mint block of the 5 cent 1964 Christmas stamps. Christmas and the Animals. 1966. Eight first edition (thus) softbound copies (limitation not specified). Illustrated by Fred Walker. Three cuts from the production are included. Walter Kahoe. Clarence Pickett. 1966. Four first edition (thus) hardbound copies (limitation not specified). Each copy has 2 photos of Clarence Pickett. Not a "Christmas" book. Spines discolored. King James Bible. The First Christmas. 1967. Twenty-four first edition (thus) hardbound copies (limitation not specified). Same text as 1947 edition, different illustrations and layout. Walter Kahoe. Silent Night. 1968. Eight first edition (thus) hardbound copies (limitation not specified). Illustrations by Gus Ulhmann. Spines discolored. Walter Kahoe. Saint Fiacre. 1969. Twelve first edition (thus) hardbound copies (total edition of 100). Illustrated by Sandra Lovegrove. Not a "Christmas" book, printed March 1969. Two Quaker Botanists. 1969. Six first edition (thus) hardbound copies (total edition of 100). Illustrated by Clint Bradley. Hans Christian Andersen. The Brownie at the Grocery Store. 1970. Twelve first edition (thus) hardbound copies (limitation not specified). Illustrations by Gus Ulhmann. New illustrations and layout from 1944 edition; "goblin" changed to "brownie". Benjamin Franklin. Two Parables. 1971. Eighteen first edition (thus) hardbound copies (total edition of 90). Illustrations by Janilee Middlebrooks. New layout and type from 1951 edition. Slightly larger than usual. Not a "Christmas" book - printed February 1971. The Madonna and the Woodcutter. 1971. Eight first edition (thus) hardbound copies (limitation not specified). Illustrations by Gus Ulhmann. The Madonna and the Woodcutter. 1971. Sixty first edition (thus) softbound copies (limitation not specified). Illustrations by Gus Ulhmann. New Testament Apocrypha. Flight Into Egypt. 1972. Eight first edition (thus) hardbound copies (limitation not specified). Illustrations by Gus Ulhmann. Edward Lear. Nonsense Alphabet. 1972. Two first edition (thus) hardbound copies (total edition of 150). Illustrations by Edward Lear and Betty Bacon. Alphonse Daudet. The Three Masses. 1973. Twenty-four first edition (thus) softbound copies (limitation not specified). Illustrations by Gus Ulhmann. Alphonse Daudet. The Three Masses. 1973. Five first edition (thus) hardbound copies (limitation not specified). Illustrations by Gus Ulhmann. Patrick L. Chalmers (retold). The Faun's Christmas. 1974. Four first edition (thus) hardbound copies (limitation not specified). Illustrations by Gus Ulhmann. Patrick L. Chalmers (retold). The Faun's Christmas. 1974. Twelve first edition (thus) softbound copies (limitation not specified). Illustrations by Gus Ulhmann. The Legend of Saint Christopher. 1975. Thirty first edition (thus) hardbound copies (limitation not specified). Illustrations by Gus Ulhmann. Includes set type of page 5 of the book. Walter Kahoe only - Mildred died summer of 1975. The Shoemaker's Christmas. 1976. Ten first edition (thus) hardbound copies (limitation not specified). Illustrations by Gus Ulhmann. The Juggler of Our Lady. 1977. Ten first edition (thus) softbound copies (limitation not specified). Illustrations by Gus Ulhmann. Edward Needles Wright. Chestnut Bur Lions. 1977. One first edition (thus) hardbound copies (limitation not specified). Illustrations by D. Owens Stephens. Not a "Christmas" book.

    Walter Kahoe Archive from the Whimsie Press

    Edna Wyss Altemeier.
    Herbie and His God. 1975. Two first edition (thus) hardbound copies (limitation not specified). Edna Wyss Altemeier. Herbie and His God. 1975. Two first edition, second printing (thus) hardbound copies (limitation not specified). June Yungblut. Flowers Into The Fire. 1977. Three first edition (thus) hardbound copies (limitation not specified). One cut from this book included. Winifred Rawlins. Roots of Happiness. 1977. One first edition (thus) hardbound copies (limitation not specified). Helen Morgan Brooks. A Slat of Wood. 1979. Three first edition, second printing (thus) hardbound copies (limitation not specified). Whimsie Press moved to Otego in 1979, after Walter Kahoe's death in 1978.

    Walter Kahoe, Publisher


    The Golden Door
    [magazine]. 1939. Complete set is 11 volumes. Two sets of 11 volumes each, softbound in printed wrappers. Fine condition. Together with two large envelopes with letterhead, envelopes, mailing labels, advertising material, billing forms, letters, and other assorted ephemera.

    Peggy Kahoe, Printer (age 9) (Daughter of Walter Kahoe)

    Peggy Kahoe [printer].
    Henry Hudson. 1949. Fourteen first edition (thus) hardbound copies (total edition of 20). Printed at the Rose Valley Press.

    Together with 200 "Walter Kahoe" bookplates that can be used to affix to the books (these were Mr. Kahoe's copies and stock). The "G.U." on the bookplate is Gus Ulhmann, who also illustrated many of the "Christmas" books sometime in the 1950s or 1960s.

    Biography of Walter Kahoe, with notes.


    Walter Kahoe, 1905-1978, received his training as a printer at the house of William Edwin Rudge in Mt. Vernon, NY, and at the Antioch Press in Yellow Springs, Ohio. While he was at Rudge's, in 1924, Bruce Rogers was the Master.

    Kahoe, a fast learner, was Director of the Antioch Press from 1926-1935. In this same period, with Ernest Morgan, Kahoe started the Antioch Bookplate Company. Kahoe fairly quickly sold his interest in it to Morgan. It became Antioch Publishing, and was bought by Trends International on March 1, 2008.

    Also during this period, with David Spieth, Kahoe started Kahoe and Spieth, soon buying out Spieth and changing the name to Kahoe and Company.

    Walter Meyer, bookbinder for the Rudge company, commented on one of Kahoe and Spieth's first publications: "'Eternal Springtime' has all the earmarks of a de luxe book."

    In 1939, Kahoe published "The Golden Door: A Magazine Anthology for Bookish Folk." It ran eleven issues.

    After moving to Philadelphia in 1940 and joining the medical department of J.B. Lippincott Co., as a hobby Kahoe began The Rose Valley Press, each year printing and binding several hundred little books as Christmas presents. The Rose Valley Press did non-Christmas books as time permitted. Kahoe became head of Lippincott's medical division and a Vice President of the firm. He also served as a Director of the Independence Press in Philadelphia.

    After retiring in 1971 Kahoe started The Whimsie Press, and published five titles. He did all the layout and binding on Whimsie books.


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