Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Children's Book Artwork Auction includes Sendak's 'Where the Wild Things Are'...

Want to own a piece of children's book history?

Date: January 24, 2013
Time: at 1:30 PM
Exhibition: Fri., January 18, 10-6
Sat., January 19, 12-5
Tues., January 22, 10-6
Wed., January 23, 10-6
Thurs., January 24, 10-noon
Contact Person: George S. Lowry

Coinciding with Bibliography Week in New York, this sale includes an extensive selection of original 20th-century illustration art and books. There are illustrations by Charles Addams, Ludwig Bemelmans, Al Hirschfeld, Beatrix Potter, Dr. Seuss and others.

The book section contains a private collection of works witten and/or illustrated by Maurice Sendak from the library of the late Reed Orenstein, bookseller and longtime Sendak collector. Included are most of his important works in first edition, many signed, and several with small sketches and inscriptions.

Highlights include:

A rare first edition of Sendak's first book, Where the Wild Things Are, signed and inscribed with a drawing, New York, 1963. Shown top left.

A group of eight pencil sketches made by Maurice Sendak in preparation for the CBS animated TV specialist Maurice Sendak's Really Rosie, circa 1975.

A drawing by Beatrix Potter, titled The Cats' Meat Man, circa 1895.

An early Peanuts comic strip, completed by Charles Schulz in ink and pencil, dated March 1, 1953, features Charlie Brown and Patty listening to some old records.

The original ink drawing done by Garth Williams for the dust jacket cover for Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder, circa 1953.