Gus Bundy

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Gus Bundy

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Poetry Books and Letter to Sam Houghton

  • Books written, inscribed, signed by Bundy

  • Privately published in 1957/58

  • Two-page letter - single sheet front/back

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About the books

A pair of inscribed poetry books and a personal letter given to Sam Houghton (1902-1975) by Nevada author, artist, and photographer Gus Bundy (1907-1984). Though titled the same, each book has a unique set of poems, some of which are Haiku-like. 

In his two-page letter, Bundy thanks Houghton for a book about Japanese master artist and ukiyo-e painter and printmaker Katsushika Hokusai. Bundy had a great fondness for Japanese art and culture. Among his most prized possessions was a collection of Oriental art, mostly from Japan, which he visited in the late 1930s. 

A 1997 article in the Reno Gazette-Journal (RGJ) described Houghton as “a Reno author, conservationist and expert thinker.” Various RGJ articles note that Houghton campaigned for the Nevada Assembly in 1962 and also served as past president of the Nevada Art Gallery, known today as the Nevada Museum of Art. He is perhaps best known as the author of the book “A Trace of Desert Waters: The Great Basin Story,” published by A. H. Clark Co., 1976.    

About Gus Bundy… 

Gus Bundy was born in New York City in 1907. His connection to Nevada began when he visited a friend in 1939 on his way to Japan, and some two years later he decided to settle in Washoe Valley. At the time, he was one of the very few artists living in northern Nevada. 

By the time Bundy moved to Nevada, he had developed skills in a variety of artistic endeavors, including photography. As his wife Jeanne put it, "He was in a sense a Renaissance Man—not content with just one form of creative expression. He painted, sculpted, made jewelry, did photography and worked with wood. He built things—he was fascinated with the process of creation."

Bundy's presence made an enormous difference to the art world of Northern Nevada. He was always part of the nucleus of some group or another. He had an affinity for and was drawn to all creative people, not just artists. The group that met in the old brewery in Virginia City included such notable personalities as Walter Van Tilburg Clark and Roger Butterfield. Bundy also wrote poetry, examples of which are held in the collection of Nevada Fine Art. 

Biographical information sourced from the Nevada Historical Society Quarterly, Vol. 33, Summer 1990, Number 2.

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