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John Nichols. Albuquerque, Dayspring Graphics, 1979
A complete set of twenty-two images of dancing calaveras figures. The prints were made from Nichols’ pen and ink drawings, reproduced on copper plates, and issued in editions of fifty of which this is 6/50. This set includes the print that was only done in a print run of 40. Each print is approximately 9 by 11 inches. Disappointed with the artwork offered by his publisher for The Magic Journey, Nichols decided to create the illustrations himself. Of the twenty-two, eight were used for the cover and chapter illustrations. All prints are in Fine condition. Each is signed and numbered by Nichols and has the printer’s chop. They are housed in the original portfolio with glassine sheets between them. The portfolio is intact with no tears but with some wear and light soiling. Included is a copy of an introduction presumably prepared by Nichols and a list of the name given to each figure. Complete sets are very scarce. One was given to the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos by Nichols and one is part of his collection at UNM. In addition, I know of one in a private collection and, according to Nichols, a set was given to each of his children. WorldCat only lists the set in the UNM collection. In a description for a 2011 exhibition of the Harwood Museum’s Calaveras prints, they stated “at least three complete sets can be located today. “I hope these Calaveras help to further that singular irreverence we all need for mustering the courage to flip a bird at the executioners.” John Nichols.
Cormac McCarthy. New York, Random House, 1985
FIRST EDITION/FIRST PRINTING (number line to 2 with “First Edition” printed below). Book is FINE and appears to be unread, no marks. Binding is tight and square, gilt lettering bright, very light edge wear, no bumps, no remainder mark. Dust Jacket is FINE with very light wear at some spots on the edges and corners, no chips, no tears, price is not clipped ($17.95). A sharp copy of what many consider McCarthy’s best work housed in a beautiful custom-made clamshell case with author, title and “First Edition 1985” printed on the spine. Case made by David Ashley of Denver CO.
Dorothy P. Lathrop (Illustrator) and Helen Dean Fish. New York, Frederick A. Stokes, 1937
FIRST EDITION, FIRST STATE of the FIRST CALDECOTT MEDAL BOOK WINNER for Best Illustrated Children’s Book in 1938. First State with Lathrop’s name misspelled “Lathop” on the spine of the book and on the spine of the dust jacket. Helen Fish wrote the introduction and selected passages from the King James Bible to accompany 27 beautiful drawings by Dorothy Lathrop which won her the first Caldecott Medal. Text Clean, mild toning and foxing on endpapers. No writing or other marks. Binding tight. Dust Jacket Very Good with small chips, light edge wear, and a red stain on the back. Price ($2.00) on dj flap. No medal or mention of Caldecott Award on the dust jacket. A Very Nice copy of this highly collectible book.
Tony Hillerman and Peter Thorpe (artist). New York, HarperPaperback, 1991
Original Art for the 1991 mass market paperback edition. The original signed painting by Thorpe for this paperback edition matted and framed along with the front wrap for the book. Related items include: a Fine copy of the paperback edition (17th printing) to which Thorpe has added signed art to the title page; an unfolded cover wrap for the trade paperback edition, signed by Thorpe; a Fine first printing with a touch of edge and corner wear, of a newly published trade-sized paperback edition from 2018 with an original signed sketch to the half-title page; a 5 x 7 inch glossy, color composition (comp) card for the painting that has been signed by Thorpe; and the final pencil drawing for the cover art (also signed), done very lightly on thin, onionskin paper. The comp card is a preliminary version of the cover art that is scaled for the final version. The final background details for this painting were considerably different from what is shown on the comp card. The comp card is used by Harper in catalogs of coming releases. The final sketch is traced over transfer paper to a hand-made paper board, upon which the final painting is done. An unusual set of Peter Thorpe items for this Hillerman title. (Information provided by book dealer Bob Maddox who received the Items with the explanations from Thorpe.) Included is a copy of part of that communication from Thorpe. Peter Thorpe has illustrated over 40 editions of Hillerman’s mysteries beginning in 1986 with Skinwalkers.
Leslie Marmon Silko. Greenfield Center NY, Greenfield Press, 1974
SIGNED, FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING. Signed by the Author in my presence directly on the Title Page, no inscription. Original Tan Illustrated Paper Wrappers are Fine, no marks or damage. Price of $1.25 on back cover. Saddle-Stiched Stapled Binding is Tight. Text is Clean, no marks. This Very Fine copy of Silko's First Book is laid in a Beautiful Custom Made Linen covered Clamshell Case in New Condition. The book has 35 numbered pages containing 18 poems by Leslie Marmon Silko with illustrations by Silko and Aaron Yava. Case by David Ashley, Denver CO.