Jacobs, Samuel A.

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Single sheet of printed material (13" x 8") bound into papercovered boards (4 3/4" x 3 1/4") titled THE GOLDEN EAGLE PRESS, THE HIGHER JOURNALISM. 1936. The binding has split joints with the boards loosening, but still attached.FROM: - In 1936, Samuel A. Jacobsís Golden contributors" to the Golden Eagle Higher Journalism was famous. All, that is, except J. Cicott Cummings, who was unidentified. And lost he has stayed, as S. A. Jacobs and the reputation of his Golden Eagle Press, once prominent, faded. In 1936, the year of The Higher Journalism, Jacobsís typography and book designs were widely admired and repeatedly honored. Throughout the 1920s, Jacobs built a reputation among the poets and fiction writers of high-bohemian Greenwich Village. Jacobs was a favored printer of early literary modernists, first at Polytype Press on West 8th Street in Manhattan and subsequently at Golden Eagle in suburban Mt. Vernon. He famously handled the poetry and prose of E. E. Cummings. Cummings called Jacobs, who was Assyrian by birth, his personal "Persian typesetter."We donít know a lot about Samuel Jacobs (at left, in a rare, possibly unique photograph from Richard Kaczynskiís Perdurabo: the Life of Aleister Crowley). Printing historians have nothing at all to say about his Golden Eagle Press. Retrieving Jacobs and Golden Eagle has uncovered The Higher Journalism and also a second obscure Jacobs publication, an anthology of Greenwich Village poets titled Companions. Issued in 1922, fourteen years before The Higher Journalism, Companions was Jacobsís very first literary publication. He gathered, edited, printed, and published it. The anthologyincluded the work of Sadakichi Hartmann, Harry Kemp, Richard Le Gallienne, Mary Carolyn Davies, Arthur Stringer, Leo Ornstein, and others. One "Khalil Gebran" did the artwork. Jacobs himself, writing as "Bar-Dar Syrus Urmensi," provided the title poem.Companions also contained a poem called "Doubt," by J. Cicott Cummings. With The Higher Journalism, itís a second J. Cicott sighting. Throughout the 1920s S. A. Jacobs had established a widely recognized working relationship with the poet E. E. Cummings (below, left). Jacobs and Cummings were collaborators and friends. Might, covertly, this second, unknown, Cummings be E. E. Cummings in disguise? After all, in 1923, Jacobsís work on Cummingsís first book of poems, Tulips and Chimneys, all but coincided with Companions. An esprit was forming. The men were Greenwich Village neighbors. Jacobs had concocted his own pen name in Companions. Might early playfulness presage a Higher Journalism gag fourteen years later? Great Scott! It would make J. Cicottís "Doubt," in Companions, an unclaimed treasure.Electronic searches for J. Cicott Cummings offer scant results. In 1921, "Kisses," a poem under that Cummings byline, appeared in the June issue of Breezy Stories (Vol. 12, No. 2). Itís J. Cicott Cummingsís literary debut. Nothing, however, eventuates. Cummings scholars have nothing to say about their manís work for the pulps. The trail, alas, is quickly cold.Stone cold, in fact. In March 1933, the New York Times reported the death of J. Cicott Cummings, a Times stringer and a newswriter for the triweekly Bermuda Mid-Ocean News. According to the Times, J. Cicott Cummings spent his brief careeróhe was thirty-five years old when he diedówriting a man-about-town column, "Onions and Lilies," for the Mid-Ocean. A single copy of that newspaper containing "Onions and Lilies" survives at the University of Florida. Page six of the Saturday, August 10, 1929, edition features the Cummings column, his byline, and lead-off poem titled "Love Song in the Modern Manner" (left).So, the writer and poet JCC actually existed independent of EEC, his vastly more famous namesake. A problem, however, is obvious: J. Cicott Cummings died three years before "authoring" Golden Eagleís The Higher Journalism.One gathers that S. A. Jacobs put an old but deceased friend to. Bookseller Inventory #

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Publication Date: 1936
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Very Good

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