Jacob Israel Zeitlin (1902-1987) was a bookseller, poet and book reviewer in Ft. Worth, Texas before moving to Los Angeles
(1925). He was employed by the Holmes Book Company and the book departments of the May Company and Bullock's before opening
his first shop (1927) which he relocated in 1929 and 1948. He sold 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. Zeitlin was also
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. The collection consists of works by and about Zeitlin
including articles, clippings, mimeographs, and obituaries. There are also book catalogs and book lists, and items collected
by him, some relating to Aldous Huxley.
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, an 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 personally donated several manuscript collections to the Department of Special Collections; received
Doctor of Letters from Occidental College in 1981; died in August 1987.
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