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    Large Collection of Kahoe & Spieth Published Books From Walter Kahoe's Personal Library. All books published by Kahoe & Company or Kahoe & Spieth, Yellow Springs, Ohio. All books are in very good condition, many with Kahoe's personal bookplate on the front pastedown and include: Frank E. Potts. Petruck: Prayer to God. 1929. First edition, thus. Limited to 50 copies signed by the author on the half-title page. Octavo. 64 pages; Edward Fitzgerald. The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. 1927. First edition, thus. Twelvemo. 36 pages; [Francis Petrarch]. Eighteen Sonnets of Francis Petrarch. 1929. First edition, limited to 25 copies. Octavo. Unpaginated. With slipcase as issued; another copy [Francis Petrarch]. Eighteen Sonnets of Francis Petrarch. 1929. First edition limited to 25 copies. Octavo. Unpaginated; Edmond Rostand. The Last Night of Don Juan. 1929. First edition of a limited edition of 50 copies. Inscribed on the front free endpaper to Walter Kahoe by the translator, J. Lawrason Riggs and William Lyon Phelps who provided the introduction. Octavo. 123 pages. In dust jacket; another copy Edmond Rostand. The Last Night of Don Juan. 1929. First edition of a limited edition of 50 copies. Signed on the front free endpaper by the translator, J. Lawrason Riggs. Octavo. 123 pages. In slipcase as issued; William Blake. Songs of Innocence. 1928. First edition, thus. Octavo. 28 pages; Algernon Charles Swinburne. Laus Veneris. 1929. First edition of a limited edition of 50 of which this is copy number one. Octavo. 33 pages. With slipcase as issued; another copy Algernon Charles Swinburne. Laus Veneris. 1929. First edition of a limited edition of 240 copies. Octavo. 33 pages. With slipcase as issued; Cardinal Newman. The Dream of Gerontius. 1927. First edition of a limited edition of 600 copies. Octavo. 63 pages. With dust jacket; Samuel T. Coleridge. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. 1927. First edition of a limited edition of 500 copies of which this is copy number one. Octavo. Unpaginated; Walter H. Abell. Eternal Springtime. 1927. First edition. Inscribed by the author to Walter Kahoe. Octavo. 75 pages. In dust jacket; William Blake. Songs of Experience. 1928. Octavo. 36 pages; Lewis Carroll. The Hunting of the Snark. No publication date. Twelvemo. 52 pages; William Blake. Ideas of Good and Evil. 1927. First edition of a limited edition of 510 copies of which this is number one. Octavo. 74 pages. In dust jacket; James Thomson. The City of Dreadful Night. 1927. First edition of a limited edition of 50 copies of which this is number one. Octavo. 52 pages. In dust jacket; Ecclesiastes: Being the Book Called Koheleth Reprinted From the Holy Scriptures According to the King James Version. 1928. First edition of an edition limited to 175 copies. Octavo. 36 pages. In the original slipcase as issued; Orton G. Rust. Sleep: An Allegory. 1927. First edition. Signed by the author. Octavo. 50 pages; The Book of Jonah Reprinted From the King James Version of the Holy Bible. 1929. First edition of a limited edition of 300 copies. Sixteenmo. 15 pages. In the original slipcase as issued; another copy The Book of Jonah Reprinted From the King James Version of the Holy Bible. 1929. First edition of a limited edition of 12 copies of which this is copy number four. Sixteenmo. 15 pages. In the original slipcase as issued.

    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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