November 23, 2009

Vintage Illustration Auction Finds: Sendak, Ungerer, Stein, Hurd

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Lot 252: Tomi Ungerer, ink drawing for an exhibition cover, est. $1000-1200: This is 6x9 drawing from 1965/66, done for the Children's Book Show, would frame up right nice. Hang it over her bed, and the kid will never ask for "just one more story pleeeease" ever again.

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Lot 352: The World Is Round by Gertrude Stein, illustrations by Clement Hurd, est. $700-1000: I've never seen or bought it, but this is one of my favorite kid's books ever, just on principle. I mean, come on, how could you top the oddball combination of Gertrude Stein's undiluted avant-garde text and Clement "Goodnight Moon" Hurd's drawings? Thank you, Margaret Wise Brown, for bringing these two together.

This is the 1939 1st trade edition, and it looks pretty decent. Personally, until I get one of the 350 limited edition copies, signed by both Hurd and Stein--or the 1986 box set which includes a Gertrude Stein balloon, now $200 less than it was three years ago!--I'll just make do with one of the many reissued versions.

Dec. 9, New York: Original Illustration & Fine Illustrated Books auction [bloomsburyauctions.com]
Shop for Gertrude Stein and Clement Hurd's The World Is Round, starting at $1 [amazon]

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This is truly wonderful. When the Donnell Library in Midtown Manhattan was closing, they were selling armloads of books from their children's collection, trying to clear things out. I rescued (literally (literarily?)) as many as I could... having a son in March, and god willing, he'll love to have these odd-looking rectangles as part of his life, even if he has a Kindle or whatever they have in 15 years.

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