Zeitlin, Jake, 1902-1987

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Zeitlin was a Los Angeles bookdealer.

From the description of Letter : Los Angeles (Calif.), to Don Hill, Los Angeles, 1936 April 21. (Natural History Museum Foundation, Los Angeles County). WorldCat record id: 24038112

Jacob Israel Zeitlin was born on Nov. 4, 1902, in Racine, WI; worked as a bookseller, poet and book reviewer in Ft. Worth, TX; moved to Los Angeles in 1925; began career in bookselling when employed by Holmes Book Company and the book departments of the May Company and Bullock's; published his first book of poems and began as an independent bookseller in 1927; opened his first shop, designed by Lloyd Wright, in 1927; Wright designed a more elaborate shop in 1929 that became a meeting place for the city's intellectuals; Zeitlin and friends published Opinion, a influential but short-lived magazine; he ran Primavera Press from 1929-33 in collaboration with Lawrence Clark Powell, Carey McWilliams, Phil Townsend Hanna, and Ward Ritchie; Zeitlin was one of the founders of the Rounce & Coffin Club in 1931; in collaboration with his wife, Josephine Ver Brugge, moved his shop into a large red barn on La Cienega Blvd. in 1948, selling rare books, prints, and paintings; lectured widely on subjects related to rare books and the history of science, and represented many collectors of the history of science; was instrumental in bringing many collections to UCLA, including the Grunewald Graphic Arts Collection, and he personally donated several manuscript collections to the Dept. of Special Collections; received Doctor of Letters from Occidental College in 1981; died in August 1987.

From the description of Papers, ca. 1926-1987. (University of California, Los Angeles). WorldCat record id: 38515467

Jacob (Jake) Israel Zeitlin was born in Racine, WI, Nov. 4, 1902; moved to Los Angeles, 1925; learned the book trade while working at Bullock's Dept. Store; opened Jake Zeitlin Books, LA (1927-36), president of Jake Zeitlin Inc., LA (1936-42) and Zeitlin & Ver Brugge, LA (1943); his bookshops were the meeting place for many of the city's intellectuals; died Aug. 1987.

David Herbert Lawrence was born in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, England, Sept. 11, 1885; English novelist, essayist, and poet, he is best known for Lady Chatterley's lover (1928); numerous publications include: Sons and lovers (1913), Women in love (1920), and The plumed serpent (1926); died of tuberculosis Mar. 2, 1930.

From the description of Correspondence and papers related to D.H. Lawrence manuscripts, 193--1981, bulk 1936-1955. (University of California, Los Angeles). WorldCat record id: 41578217

Biographical Note

Jacob Zeitlin, commonly referred to as "the venerable antiquarian bookseller," was best known for his bookshop on La Cienega Boulevard in Los Angeles, California. Over the years, Zeitlin dealt manuscripts with Frieda, widow of D.H. Lawrence, written poetry endorsed by Carl Sandburg, and had his shops designed by Lloyd Wright (son of Frank Lloyd Wright.) He began as a book peddler in 1925 with only a valise of books, then he moved into a small shop on "bookseller's row," and at the time of his death in September 1987, he had several shops and international acclaim as a dealer in rare books and art.

From the guide to the Jacob Zeitlin Collection, 1930-1987, (Special Collections & University Archives: Finding Aid Database)

Biography

Jacob Israel Zeitlin was born on November 4, 1902, in Racine, Wisconsin; worked as a bookseller, poet and book reviewer in Ft. Worth, Texas; moved to Los Angeles in 1925; began career in bookselling when employed by Holmes Book Company and the book departments of the May Company and Bullock's; published his first book of poems and began as an independent bookseller in 1927; opened his first shop, designed by Lloyd Wright, in 1927; Wright designed a more elaborate shop in 1929 that became a meeting place for the city's intellectuals; Zeitlin and friends published Opinion, a influential but short-lived magazine; he ran Primavera Press from 1929-33 in collaboration with Lawrence Clark Powell, Carey McWilliams, Phil Townsend Hanna, and Ward Ritchie; Zeitlin was one of the founders of the Rounce & Coffin Club in 1931; in collaboration with his wife, Josephine Ver Brugge, moved his shop into a large red barn on La Cienega Blvd. in 1948, selling rare books, prints, and paintings; lectured widely on subjects related to rare books and the history of science, and represented many collectors of the history of science; was instrumental in bringing many collections to UCLA, including the Grunewald Graphic Arts Collection, and he personally donated several manuscript collections to the Department of Special Collections; received Doctor of Letters from Occidental College in 1981; died in August 1987.

From the guide to the Jake Zeitlin Papers, ca. 1926-1987, (University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.)

Expanded Biographical Narrative

Jake Zeitlin was born on November 4, 1902, in Racine, Wisconsin and worked as a bookseller, poet and book reviewer in Ft. Worth, Texas before moving to Los Angeles in 1925. He began his career in bookselling when employed by Holmes Book Company and the book departments of the May Company and Bullock's before opening his first shop, designed by Lloyd Wright, in 1927. Wright designed a more elaborate shop in 1929 that became a meeting place for the city's intellectuals. In collaboration with his wife, Josephine Ver Brugge, Zeitlin moved his shop into a large red barn on La Cienega Blvd. in 1948, selling rare books, prints and paintings. He lectured widely on subjects related to rare books and the history of science, and was instrumental in bringing many collections to UCLA, including the Grunewald Graphic Arts Collection. He personally donated several manuscript collections to the Department of Special Collections before his passing in August 1987.

Frieda Lawrence was born Frieda von Richthofen August 11, 1879 to Prussian Baron Friedrich von Richthofen and Anna Marquier von Richthofen, near Metz, Germany. David Herbert Lawrence was born in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, England, Sept. 11, 1885. In 1912 Frieda met Lawrence, then a student of her first husband. They eloped, and the Lawrences were married in July 1914. They traveled continuously for the next few years in France, Italy, Germany and Australia before settling at Kiowa Ranch near Taos, New Mexico. D.H. Lawrence was a novelist, essayist, and poet, best known for Lady Chatterley's lover (1928); his numerous publications include: Sons and Lovers (1913), Women in Love (1920), and The Plumed Serpent (1926). Lawrence died in France in 1930; after his death, Frieda traveled to Europe briefly before returning to the ranch in 1931 with her companion, Angelo Ravagli. Frieda and Ravagli married in 1950, and she died in New Mexico August 11, 1956.

From the guide to the Jake Zeitlin Correspondence and Papers Related to D.H. Lawrence Manuscripts, 1933-1981, (bulk 1933-1955), (University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Jacob Zeitlin Collection, 1930-1987 Special Collections & University Archives: Finding Aid Database
referencedIn Photographs of unpacking the Ludwig Collection, 1983 Getty Research Institute
referencedIn Cleverdon mss. II, 1926-1988 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)http://www.indiana.edu/~liblilly
creatorOf Zeitlin, Jake, 1902-1987. Earliest Alta California printing, 1817-1841. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Jake Zeitlin Papers, ca. 1926-1987 University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
referencedIn Homer D. Crotty papers and addenda, 1859-2011 The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens Manuscripts Department
creatorOf Zeitlin, Jake, 1902-1987,. Papeles de los Gobernadores de la Alta California : official Papers of the Governors of Alta California, 1804-1846, 1937. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Sowers, Roy Vernon, 1897-. Papers, 1920-1984. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Roy Vernon Sowers Papers, 1920-1984 Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
referencedIn Ankrum, Joan. Oral history interview with Joan Ankrum, 1997 Nov. 5-1998 Feb. 4. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Zeitlin, Jake, 1902-1987. Graphic arts ephemera collection, ca. 1900- University of California, Los Angeles
creatorOf Zeitlin, Jake, 1902-1987. Papers, ca. 1926-1987. University of California, Los Angeles
creatorOf Dixon, Maynard, 1875-1946. Maynard Dixon papers, 1891-1974. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn H. Richard Archer and the Hippogryph Press Collection, 1928-1978 William Andrews Clark Memorial Library.
referencedIn Douglas, Helen Gahagan, 1900-1980. Oral history interviews of the Biography: Helen Gahagan Douglas Oral History Project, 1973-1983. Indiana University
creatorOf Jake Zeitlin Graphic Arts Ephemera Collection, ca. 1900- University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
creatorOf Zeitlin & Ver Brugge (Los Angeles, Calif.). Correspondence : with Alma Mahler, 1947-1948. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Rounce & Coffin Club Collection, 1932-1991 William Andrews Clark Memorial Library.
creatorOf Zeitlin, Jake, 1902-1987. Correspondence : with Carl Zigrosser, 1939-1971. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn New Directions Publishing Corp. records, ca. 1933-1997. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Collection of material relating to Jake Zeitlin, ca. 1930-1989. University of California, Los Angeles
creatorOf Jacob Zeitlin collection, 1930-1987. San Diego State University Library, SDSU Library and Information Access
referencedIn Lawrence Clark Powell papers concerning John Steinbeck, 1935-1941. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Jake Zeitlin Correspondence and Papers Related to D.H. Lawrence Manuscripts, 1933-1981, (bulk 1933-1955) University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
creatorOf Zeitlin, Jake, 1902-1987. Correspondence and papers related to D.H. Lawrence manuscripts, 193--1981, bulk 1936-1955. University of California, Los Angeles
creatorOf Weston, Edward, 1886-1958. Edward Weston letters to Jake Zeitlin, 1929-1955. The California Digital Library
creatorOf Zeitlin, Jake, 1902-1987. Letter : Los Angeles (Calif.), to Don Hill, Los Angeles, 1936 April 21. Natural History Museum Los Angeles County Foundation, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
creatorOf Rounce & Coffin Club. Rounce & Coffin Club collection, 1932-1991. University of California, Los Angeles
referencedIn Huxley, Aldous, 1894-1963. Aldous Huxley oral history papers 1985-1990. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf Brown University. Library (Providence, Rhode Island). Selected correspondence, 1913-1993, "Seven" to "Zeitlin". Brown University, John Hay Library
referencedIn Collection of Material Relating to Jake Zeitlin, ca. 1930-1989 University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Dept. of Special Collections.
creatorOf Zeitlin, Jake, 1902-1987. [Letters to J. Reginald Williamson concerning Huxley materials] / Jacob Zeitlin. Farmingdale State College, Thomas D. Greenley Library
referencedIn Typographical collection, 1812-1956. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Lisl Steiner photographic negatives of Typophiles lectures, 1965-1968 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Ankrum, Joan person
correspondedWith Archer, H. Richard (Horace Richard), 1911-1978 person
associatedWith Bellows, George, 1882-1925. person
associatedWith Brown University. Library (Providence, Rhode Island). corporateBody
associatedWith Cleverdon, Douglas. person
associatedWith Crotty, Homer D. person
associatedWith Dixon, Maynard, 1875-1946. person
associatedWith Douglas, Helen Gahagan, 1900-1980. person
associatedWith Huxley, Aldous, 1894-1963. person
associatedWith Jake Zeitlin Books (Firm : Los Angeles, Calif.) corporateBody
associatedWith J. Paul Getty Museum. Dept. of Manuscripts corporateBody
associatedWith Kent, Rockwell, 1882-1971. person
associatedWith Landacre, Paul, 1893-1963. person
associatedWith Lawrence, D. H. (David Herbert), 1885-1930. person
associatedWith Lawrence, Frieda von Richthofen, 1879-1956. person
correspondedWith New Directions Publishing Corp. corporateBody
associatedWith Peattie, Donald Culross, 1898-1964. person
associatedWith Powell, Lawrence Clark, 1906-2001 person
associatedWith Rounce & Coffin Club corporateBody
associatedWith Sowers, Roy Vernon, 1897- person
associatedWith Steiner, Lisl, 1927- person
associatedWith Weston, Edward, 1886-1958. person
associatedWith Williamson, J. Reginald. person
associatedWith Zeitlin & Ver Brugge (Los Angeles, Calif.) corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
California--Los Angeles
California
California--Los Angeles
California--Los Angeles
Subject
Intellectuals--Archival resources
Antiquarian booksellers--Archival resources
Jake Zeitlin Books (Firm : Los Angeles, Calif.)--History--Sources
Booksellers and bookselling
Antiquarian booksellers--California--Los Angeles--History--20th century--Sources
Graphic arts
Antiquarian booksellers--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources
Governors--History--Sources
Occupation
Intellectuals--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources
Compilers
Antiquarian booksellers--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources
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Birth 1902-11-04

Death 1987-08-30

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