San Francisco: The Book Club of California, 1923. Limited edition. Hardcover. 295/400 with nine original letters and three original scores tipped in at rear (7 x 9" with textual annotations); two original photographs of Oscar Weil, tipped in on front endpaper (7 1/2 X 4 3/4") and recto of frontispiece (5 1/2 x 4 1/2"). Original brown quarter cloth over light brown textured boards, red label with gilt lettering and decorative decor pasted to brown debossed frame on cover; gilt lettering on white paper label on spine, gilt ruled. Frontispiece silver print (4 1/4 x 3 1/4") by Dorothea Lange after a painting by Olga M. Ackerman, with gilt ruling and decor; tissue guard. Title page with red woodcut, designed by H. von Schmidt. Red titles and marginalia, enlarged initials in red and blue. Printed by the Grabhorn Press, San Francisco.
The original letters appear to address "Mein lieber Doctor" from 1914 through 1920, one of them not dated, altogether 21 pages. A payment note on printed Bush Street letterhead and a magazine clipping "The Late Oscar Weil" by A. Pupil dated April 17, 1921.
Educated as a musician Oscar Weil (1839–1921) enrolled as a private in the Union Army at the beginning of the American Civil War and retired as a major at the end of the war. Injuries incurred during the war prevented him from pursuing his career as a violinist. Weil turned to composing and wrote music critiques for the Argonaut after settling in San Francisco.
The book contains the Oscar Weil Memoir, letters to Oscar Weil, his contributions to the Argonaut, to "The Occident" at the University of California, including "The Mundwyler Collection of chamber Music at the University of California," a contribution to the San Francisco Call on the paintings of Francis McConas, an informal talk before the Music Section of the Delphian Club in Alameda, and words spoken at his funeral by Stewart W. Young. Compositions of Oscar Weil are listed in a separate chapter at rear. Binding with light wear along edges, light bumps at corners and lightly sunned spine. Papers uncut at bottom and foredge. Binding in overall good, interior in very good condition. g to vg. Item #47739