Wings Against the Moon

Bound by The Monastery Hill Bindery
Signed by the Binder and the Author

MONASTERY HILL BINDERY. HERTZBERG, Ernst. SARETT, Lew. Wings Against the Moon. New York: Henry Holt and Company, [1931].

First edition. Inscribed by the author and the binder. Octavo (8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches; 215 x 140 mm.). x, 127, [1] pp.

Bound by Edward Hertzberg (stamp-signed "The Monastery Hill Bindery" on lower rear turn-in) in contemporary three-quarter antelope morocco over green textured boards, decoratively ruled in blind. Front cover with an inlaid circle of gray morocco with a tree and a bird inlaid in black morocco. Spine with five raised bands, lettered in gilt in compartments, top edge gilt, matching green textured endpapers. Small stain on front cover, boards uniformly sunned to brown.

Inscribed on the half-title "Cordially yours / Lew Sarett" [and below] Mr. Sarett signed the poems / I'll sign the binding / Edward Hertzberg"

Ernst Hertzberg was born in Gramzow, Germany, a village on a hill near the ruins of a medieval monastery He had immigrated to the United States and gone to work for a Chicago bindery and in 1868 started his own. Founded as Ernst Hertzberg & Sons Monastery Hill Bindery in homage to Hertzberg's boyhood home. "But that was quite a mouthful," says his great-granddaughter Rhoda Hertzberg Clark, who has been president since 1974. So it was shortened to Monastery Hill. Among the dozen or more binderies of the day, his alone survives, at 1751 W. Belmont Ave., where the bindery's success over 128 years stands as a monument to shrewd adaptation to changing times. (Chicago Tribune, July 28, 1996).

The Monastery Hill Bindery employed all of Ernst Hertzberg's family, plus a few sons-in-law. As all family businesses go, there had to be some conflict. After Ernst passed away his son, Edward, took over. Edward was a harsh leader and strict disciplinarian. To make a point to his son Lawrence, he hit him so hard on the back of the neck that it knocked him to the floor. Several of the brothers knew it was time to find other ways to work rather than stay in this growing family business. (University of Iowa, Special Collections Department).

Lew R. Sarett, poet, lecturer and teacher was the author of five volumes of poetry including Many Many Moons (1920); The Box of God (1922); Slow Smoke (1925); Wings Against the Moon (1931); and The Collected Poems of Lew Sarett (1941), which included an introduction by poet Carl Sandburg, Sarett's friend of many years. His papers are held at Northwestern University, where he taught for many years. He served as an adviser on Indian affairs to the Department of the Interior, and lived among the Chippewa Indians of the Lake Superior region, and was adopted by them and given the name Lone Caribou. When Sarett was not teaching, he served as a part-time ranger in National Parks in Montana and Wyoming and as a wilderness guide in northern Minnesota and Canada. As a horticulturist, he produced six new varieties of dahlia, each of which won many awards.(www.poetry Item #03009

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