Friday, September 22, 2017

Country Signs of Autumn: Barbara Shermund Proposed New Yorker Cover Art

Tourists flock to the country every autumn to experience the abundance of fall colors. Barbara Shermund's undated cover proposal for the New Yorker celebrates these colors and some of the signs that await tourists in their travels. But these are not your ordinary country road signs; instead they seem to have multiplied out of control. No fewer than three different signs welcome tourists, and written labels have been applied by the artist to just about everything in sight. The resulting artwork is sumptuous but very busy indeed—perhaps a bit too unfocused for use by the editors of the New Yorker.

Barbara Shermund proposed New Yorker cover art


Barbara Shermund
James Cummins, Bookseller
Listing as of July 16, 2017



Note:  Attempted Bloggery is a blog for all seasons. I seek scans or photos of high-quality original art by Barbara Shermund and other New Yorker artists. I'm also looking for proposed cover art like this that didn't quite make the cut. Think of me winter, spring, summer, or fall.


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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Books Signed by Abner Dean and Peter Arno

Two books signed by New Yorker cartoonists were sold together on eBay in June. Come As You Are: A book about people at parties is a 1952 first edition inscribed by Abner Dean. Dean is not so well remembered today although he was a master at rendering busy crowd scenes. Peter Arno's Man in the Shower is a classic 1944 collection named for one of Arno's most outrageously funny cartoons. The book is signed Peter with an inscription, but it has some serious condition issues.




The book is marred by separation of the spine.

Inscribed "To Anyse/with love/Peter"








Abner Dean and Peter Arno
eBay Listing Ended June 14, 2017

Abner Dean and Peter Arno
eBay Item Description

Abner Dean and Peter Arno
eBay Bid History
One bid



Note:  Whoops. I failed to record this seller's eBay auction of the rare cartoon book signed by cartoonist Mary Petty. By chance, did any reader succeed in copying the photographs?

I'm in the market for scans and photographs of rare and unusual books by the likes of Abner Dean, Peter Arno, Mary Petty, and other New Yorker artists. What's in your library?


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Peter Arno

Abner Dean

Signed Books


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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Books Signed by Peter Arno, William Steig, and Chris Jensen

A somewhat unlikely trio of signed cartoon books were sold together—nearly given away—on eBay in June. Two are by classic New Yorker artists Peter Arno and William Steig, and one is by Chris Jensen. Whoops Dearie! (1927) is a novel based on Arno's raucous Whoops Sisters who were wildly popular in the New Yorker's early years. It is ghost written by Philip Wylie. Signed copies are not very hard to come by. The real find here is William Steig's Small Fry (1944), not at all common with the artist's signature. The signed copy of Chris Jensen's Sheepherder Sam Cartoons (1972) seems out of place in this group. Five copies are available on Abe Books right now, with prices ranging widely from $9.00 to $93.21. None of them are signed.

Peter Arno, Whoops Dearie! (1927), William Steig, Small Fry (1944), and Chris Jensen, Sheepherder Sam Cartoons (1972)
Note the eBay seller's footwear.

Peter Arno, Whoops Dearie! (1927)
Signed on front free endpaper with book plate

William Steig, Small Fry (1944)
Signed on front free endpaper

William Steig's signature

Peter Arno's signature

Chris Jensen, Sheepherder Sam Cartoons (1972)
Signed and inscribed on front free endpaper

Inscribed and signed by Chris Jensen

"It's my old college sweater...'Ewe of Ewe!'"                                                              
Chris Jensen, Sheepherder Sam Cartoons (1972)
Title page

William Steig, Small Fry (1944)
Title page

"Maybe we ought to change his analyst"                         
William Steig, Small Fry (1944)

Peter Arno, Whoops Dearie! (1927)
Title page


Peter Arno, William Steig, and Chris Jensen
eBay Listing Ended June 14, 2017


Peter Arno, William Steig, and Chris Jensen
eBay Item Description

Peter Arno, William Steig, and Chris Jensen
eBay Bid History
One and only one bid



Note:  Alas, I failed to record this seller's eBay auction of the rare book signed by cartoonist Mary Petty. Did any reader succeed in copying the photographs?

By the way, I'm in the market for scans and photographs of rare and unusual books by the likes of William Steig, Peter Arno, Mary Petty, and other New Yorker artists. What's in your library?

Cartoonist Chris Jensen is new to the blog today. Can't say I know much about him.


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Peter Arno

William Steig

Signed Books


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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Books Signed by Helen E. Hokinson and Charles Saxon

In a recent eBay listing, copies of the cartoon collections When Were You Built? (1948) by Helen E. Hokinson and "Oh, Happy, Happy, Happy!" (1980) by Charles Saxon were offered at auction in far from pristine condition. They nevertheless were desirable copies, containing two of the harder-to-find New Yorker cartoonist signatures.

Cartoon collections When Were You Built? (1948) by Helen E. Hokinson and "Oh, Happy, Happy, Happy!" (1980) by Charles Saxon
Helen E. Hokinson, When Were You Built? (1948)
Endpapers


Helen E. Hokinson's signature


"I just want to say that I'm perfectly willing to serve as treasurer, provided
every penny doesn't have to come out exactly even."

Helen E. Hokinson, When Were You Built? (1948) title page


"Surely you can't have misplaced the Eighteenth Armored                              "Elizabeth Connor McMeekin, '15?"                               
          Division again, Miss MacEldowny!"                                                "Present. After graduation, I started to take an M.A.
                                                                                                                 at Teachers College, but gave it up to marry Roy

                                                                                                                      McMeekin,Cornell '12. My husband was only a plant
                                                                                                                       engineer with the telephone company at the time and
                                                                                                                            had not yet become an executive. We lived in Columbus,
                                                                                                                     Ohio, until 1927, when Mr. McMeekin was called to
                                                                                                                        New York, and we built a home in Westchester. 1 have
                                                                                                                      two children, a girl, Elsie, aged nineteen, and a boy,
                                                                                                                        Donald, aged seventeen. I want to say that I think this
                                                                                                                    Alpha Delta Alpha alumnae picnic  wonderful idea
                                                                                                                                 and that Penny Trowbridge should be congratulated on                                                                                                                                        getting it up. I hope we can get together next summer                                                                                                           and repeat it with all the same people."


Charles Saxon, "Oh, Happy, Happy, Happy!" (1980)
Endpapers

Charles Saxon's signature

Charles Saxon, "Oh, Happy, Happy, Happy!" (1980)
Title page
Picasso at the Museum of Modern Art






Helen E. Hokinson and Charles Saxon
eBay Listing Ended June 14, 2017

Helen E. Hokinson and Charles Saxon
eBay Item Description

eBay Bid History
One bid



Note:  Wouldn't you know it? I didn't record this seller's eBay auction of the rare book signed by Mary Petty. Did any reader happen to grab a photo or two?

By the way, I'm always looking for scans and photographs of rare and unusual books by the likes of Helen E. Hokinson, Charles Saxon, Mary Petty, and other New Yorker artists. I'd be more specific, but often the most wonderful finds are things I never dreamed were out there.

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