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Lot 2019: Wolo FRIENDSHIP VALLEY 1946 Author-Signed First Edition Children's Literature Forest Fire Animals Christmas Story
December 9, 2012
Ithaca, NY, USALive Auction
Title: Friendship Valley
Author: Wolo -
Born of noble birth on July 24, 1902, in Berlin, Germany, Baron Wolff Erhardt Anton George Trutzschler von Falkenstein became known as Wolo, due to his younger sister's difficulty pronouncing his name. He was educated in Switzerland at an agricultural college. From there, he came to the U.S. in 1922 as an exchange student at the University of Wisconsin. In 1927 he moved to Los Angeles and, as a self-taught artist, established a studio on Olvera Street. (One of his customers there was ventriloquist Edgar Bergen, who paid him five dollars to draw a stupid-looking hayseed. This drawing became dummy Mortimer Snerd.) Wolo then moved to San Francisco, where he worked for many years as a caricaturist-columnist for the Chronicle. He wrote and illustrated five children's books, painted murals in the San Francisco Bay area, and was well known as a puppeteer. Wolo passed away on May 8, 1989, in San Francisco.
Publisher: William Morrow & Company
City: New York
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Width: 8.25" Height: 10.5"
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce author-signed first edition of this children's book. Author's name appears in crayon on at bottom of page opposite title page.
Volume is bound in illustrated paper-covered boards. Book shows external wear, with minor loss of material to spine. Minor loss can also be seen at outside corners. Binding is firm. Volume has pictorial endpapers. Color and b&w illustrated pages are clean and without markings.
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