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20TH CENTURY ILLUSTRATION

by Swann Auction Galleries

Platinum House

267 lots | 266 with images

January 23, 2014

Live Auction

104 East 25th Street

New York, NY, 10010 USA

Phone: 212.254.4710

Fax: 212 979 1017

Email: swann@swanngalleries.com

267 Lots
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CHARLES ADDAMS. Cupid cleaning window.

Lot 1: CHARLES ADDAMS. Cupid cleaning window.

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Description: CHARLES ADDAMS. Cupid cleaning window. Watercolor on paper. 405x280 mm; 16x11 inches. Signed lower right. Few areas of color bleed. Published April 16, 1960, as The New Yorker cover.

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CONSTANTIN ALAJÁLOV.

Lot 2: CONSTANTIN ALAJÁLOV. "Standing Room Only."

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Description: CONSTANTIN ALAJÁLOV. "Standing Room Only." Tempera on illustration board. 345x235 mm; 13 1/2x9 1/2 inches, image. Signed lower right with a Presentation inscription "To Elinor and Martin Bush." Wonderful depiction of vexed dinner patrons glaring at blithely unaware or uncaring couple lingering well past dessert. Printers marks in the margins on recto; penciled date and exhibition label filled out in the artist's hand on verso. Published as The New Yorker cover, October 21, 1944.

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ALPHABET BOOK. “E is for Eggs.”

Lot 3: ALPHABET BOOK. “E is for Eggs.”

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Description: ALPHABET BOOK. "E is for Eggs." Illustration for the story Alphabet of Nursery Rhymes in Wonder ABC: Three Jolly Alphabet Books, London: Collins, circa 1930. Watercolor on illustration board. 330x245 mm; 13x9 3/4 inches. Signed "E. W. B." and captioned, lower margin.

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ALPHABET BOOK. “M for the Moon.”

Lot 4: ALPHABET BOOK. “M for the Moon.”

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Description: ALPHABET BOOK. "M for the Moon." Illustration for the story Alphabet of Nursery Rhymes in Wonder ABC: Three Jolly Alphabet Books, London: Collins, circa 1930. Watercolor on illustration board. 330x245 mm; 13x9 3/4 inches. Signed "E. W. B." and captioned, lower margin.

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PAULINE BAYNES. Daisy and Double.

Lot 5: PAULINE BAYNES. Daisy and Double.

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Description: PAULINE BAYNES. Daisy and Double. Eight illustrations for Beatrix Potter, Country Tales, London: Penguin, 1987, pages 23-35. Watercolors on illustration board. Each 110x90 mm; 4 1/2x3 1/2 inches. Titles in pencil beneath watercolor.

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PAULINE BAYNES. Habbitrot.

Lot 6: PAULINE BAYNES. Habbitrot.

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Description: PAULINE BAYNES. Habbitrot. Twelve illustrations for Beatrix Potter, Country Tales, London: Penguin, 1987, pages 41-63. Watercolors on illustration board. Each 110x90 mm; 4 1/2x3 1/2 inches. Titles in pencil beneath watercolor.

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LUDWIG BEMELMANS.

Lot 7: LUDWIG BEMELMANS. "Faster and faster."

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Description: LUDWIG BEMELMANS. "Faster and faster." Pen and ink with pencil and wash illustration of Madeline, Miss Clavel, and the girls crammed into a taxi, rushing the driver to the train station, for Madeline and the Gypsies for McCall's magazine, 260x546 mm; 10 1/4x21 1/2 inches, unevenly cut thick white drawing paper, glue remnants, white wash edits, and printer's marks on recto, Bemelmans's faint pencil sketches on verso showing the Ferris Wheel, elephant, tree, and tent found in the published book edition. Loose from cardboard which is signed in pencil by Bemelmans: "Gypsies, Bemelmans McCalls [sic]" originally attached to artwork. [New York, 1958].

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LUDWIG BEMELMANS.

Lot 8: LUDWIG BEMELMANS. "The whale said, 'Too bad--life in the ocean is very iffy....'"

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Description: LUDWIG BEMELMANS. "The whale said, 'Too bad--life in the ocean is very iffy....'" Watercolor and ink on paper with the figures of the two seals cut out and affixed to the image. 450x560 mm; 17 1/2x22 inches. Illustration for Marina, New York: Viking Press, 1962. Rubber-stamped lower right "L. Bemelmans." Image sunned with some tape residue from where the copy was affixed to the paper.

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LUDWIG BEMELMANS. Small Beer.

Lot 9: LUDWIG BEMELMANS. Small Beer.

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Description: LUDWIG BEMELMANS. Small Beer. Illustrated throughout by Bemelmans. 8vo, gilt-pictorial orange cloth; all edges trimmed and stained orange; publisher's slipcase, a little rubbed. New York: Viking, 1939.New York: Viking, 1929

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W. M. BERGER.

Lot 10: W. M. BERGER. "The King Set the other Wise Men to Work in the Garden."

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Description: W. M. BERGER. "The King Set the other Wise Men to Work in the Garden." Pen and ink on paper. 229x311 mm; 9 1/8x12 1/4 inches. Signed in image, lower left. From the chapter "The Pearl of Wisdom" in The Air Mail by G. F. Thomson in St. Nicholas Magazine, 1924, page 146. Tipped to window matte.

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REGINALD BIRCH.

Lot 11: REGINALD BIRCH. "The arrival of William Penn and his daughter Letty."

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Description: REGINALD BIRCH. "The arrival of William Penn and his daughter Letty." Pen and ink on paper. Illustration for "Letty Penn's Visit" by Lillian L. Price, Published in St. Nicholas Magazine, Volume 18, Part II, July 1891, page 713. 283x559mm; 19x22 inches, sheet. Signed in ink, lower left. Trimmed along bottom margin, slightly affecting decoration below signature, some soiling in lower right margin, publisher's stamp (Art Department, Century Co.), codes, and partial title written on verso.

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REGINALD BIRCH.

Lot 12: REGINALD BIRCH. "Captain Kid."

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Description: REGINALD BIRCH. "Captain Kid." Charcoal on paper. Title-page illustration for the poem "Captain Kid" by Robert Emmet Ward in St. Nicholas Magazine, Volume 48, Part 2, September 1921, page 1032. 337x451; 13 1/4x17 3/4 inches. Signed in image. Some gentle smudging and one 1/4-inch chip to lower left edge in margin.

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REGINALD BIRCH.

Lot 13: REGINALD BIRCH. "`I am but an Humble Searcher of the Stars, Lord Percy,' Said Charmio."

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Description: REGINALD BIRCH. "`I am but an Humble Searcher of the Stars, Lord Percy,' Said Charmio." Pen, ink and wash on illustration board. Published in The Knights of the Golden Spur by Rupert Sargent Holland in St. Nicholas Magazine, March 1912, page 427. 325x432 mm; 12 3/4x17 inches. Signed lower right. Uneven trim along left side, small patch of wash partially affecting signature, publisher's stamps on verso.

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REGINALD BIRCH. The Nightmare.

Lot 14: REGINALD BIRCH. The Nightmare.

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Description: REGINALD BIRCH. The Nightmare. Pen and ink on illustration board. Illustration surrounding the verse "The Nightmare" by James Rowe. 429x314 mm; 16 7/8x12 3/8 inches, sheet. Signed in ink, center lower margin. Partial publisher's stamp and some notations on verso. Published in St. Nicholas Magazine, Vol. 40, April 1913, page 517.

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REGINALD BIRCH.

Lot 15: REGINALD BIRCH. "Now, Dolly, It's Time You Began to Talk! . . ."

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Description: REGINALD BIRCH. "Now, Dolly, It's Time You Began to Talk! . . ." Pen and ink on paper. Illustration for "The Royal Champion of England" by Jennie Day Haines. 410x340 mm; 16 1/4x13 3/8 inches, sheet. Signed in ink lower right. Dampstain to far right lower margin, other light finger soiling, notations and stamps on verso with version of title "Speak (strike through) Lecturing Dolly." Published in St. Nicholas Magazine, Vol. 27, March, 1900, page 395.

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MAHLON BLAINE. Brown pen-and-ink drawing of a naked genie escaping her bottle.

Lot 16: MAHLON BLAINE. Brown pen-and-ink drawing of a naked genie escaping her bottle.

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Description: A MIX OF MAGIC AND FANTASY MAHLON BLAINE. Brown pen-and-ink drawing of a naked genie escaping her bottle. Drawn as frontispiece in Hashish and Incense by Paul Verlaine, Inscribed and Signed to Joseph Dunninger. Additional signed frontispiece and numerous unsigned erotic illustrations by Blaine. 8vo, original cloth and patterned paper, moderate surface wear; iridescent endpapers, front hinge split. (New York): The Paul Verlaine Society, 1929.

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R. O. BLECHMAN. Christmas Tree Chasing an Axe.

Lot 17: R. O. BLECHMAN. Christmas Tree Chasing an Axe.

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Description: R. O. BLECHMAN. Christmas Tree Chasing an Axe. Watercolor on paper. Preliminary cover design for The New Yorker, December 19, 1988. 432x304 mm; 17x12 inches. Signed lower right.

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R.O. BLECHMAN. Christmas Wrapping (Modern Laocoön).

Lot 18: R.O. BLECHMAN. Christmas Wrapping (Modern Laocoön).

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Description: R.O. BLECHMAN. Christmas Wrapping (Modern Laocoön). Watercolor and ink on paper. 330x229 mm; 13x9 inches, image. Handsomely matted and framed. The New Yorker cover, December 17, 1990.

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R.O. BLECHMAN. Japan's Imperial Marriage.

Lot 19: R.O. BLECHMAN. Japan's Imperial Marriage.

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Description: R.O. BLECHMAN. Japan's Imperial Marriage. Mixed media on paper. Signed vertically, lower right. 350 x 260 cm; 12 x 10 inches, image. Matted and framed. Purchased by The New Yorker but never used. 1999.

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R.O. BLECHMAN. Justice.

Lot 20: R.O. BLECHMAN. Justice.

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Description: R.O. BLECHMAN. Justice. Pen and ink and watercolor drawing submitted to the German Lawyers' Association for a poster on the occasion of winning their annual award for outstanding international artist. 803x159 mm; 8x6 1/4 inches, image. Signed in ink, lower right. Archivally matted and framed. Blechman ultimately submitted another design.

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R.O. BLECHMAN. Robot (á la Rodin).

Lot 21: R.O. BLECHMAN. Robot (á la Rodin).

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Description: R.O. BLECHMAN. Robot (á la Rodin). Watercolor and ink, 292x210 mm; 11 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, image. Signed, lower right. Handsomely matted and framed. The New Yorker cover, October 7, 1991.

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AUGUST BLESER, JR. Meeting in the library.

Lot 22: AUGUST BLESER, JR. Meeting in the library.

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Description: AUGUST BLESER, JR. Meeting in the library. Gouache on board. Image approximately 559x914 mm; 22x36 inches on larger board. Old adhesive residue along margins not touching image. Signed twice by Bleser.

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ERNEST LEONARD BLUMENSCHEIN. Group of 4 illustrations of steel and mine workers for stories in The Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine

Lot 23: ERNEST LEONARD BLUMENSCHEIN. Group of 4 illustrations of steel and mine workers for stories in The Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine

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Description: ERNEST LEONARD BLUMENSCHEIN. Group of 4 illustrations of steel and mine workers for stories in The Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine. Three pen, ink, and wash illustrations and one ink title-page outline. Various sizes, tipped to window mattes. Signed with his usual "B" within image. New York, 1901.

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GEORGE BOOTH. Group of 4 Drawings.

Lot 24: GEORGE BOOTH. Group of 4 Drawings.

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Description: "HERE IT IS, BOOGERS AND ALL" GEORGE BOOTH. Group of 4 Drawings. Pen and ink and collage on paper. 305x230 mm; 12x9 inches (one slightly smaller). Two of the drawings include manuscript captions with gift inscriptions and were published in The New Yorker (1973 and 1976).

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DAVID BOWERS. A Tale of Time City.

Lot 25: DAVID BOWERS. A Tale of Time City.

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Description: DAVID BOWERS. A Tale of Time City. Oil on panel. Cover illustration for A Tale of Time City by Diana Wynne Jones, Greenwillow Books/Harper Trophy, New York, 2001. 419x260 mm; 16 1/2x10 1/4 inches, image. Initialed, lower right. Matted and framed. .

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PAUL BRANSOM. “The next instant under a powerful impulse of his wings the owl was gone.”

Lot 26: PAUL BRANSOM. “The next instant under a powerful impulse of his wings the owl was gone.”

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Description: PAUL BRANSOM. "The next instant under a powerful impulse of his wings the owl was gone." Charcoal on illustration board. Illustration for Kenneth Gilbert, "A Bullet for a Badger," Liberty, August 28, 1926. 762x555 mm; 30x21 3/4 inches, board. Signed in ink in the right center of the drawing; captioned in pencil below the drawing on the left bottom.

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JAN BRETT. Annie and the Wild Animals.

Lot 27: JAN BRETT. Annie and the Wild Animals.

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Description: JAN BRETT. Annie and the Wild Animals. Dust jacket design for the book of the same title, New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1985. Watercolor, color pencil, and ink. 235x420 mm; 9 1/8x16 inches, image. Signed and dated "Jan Brett ©1985," lower right within border. Matted.

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JAN BRETT. Annie and the Wild Animals.

Lot 28: JAN BRETT. Annie and the Wild Animals.

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Description: JAN BRETT. Annie and the Wild Animals. Double-page illustration for the book of the same title, New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1985. Watercolor, color pencil and ink. 225x390mm; 9x15 inches. Signed and dated "Jan Brett © 1985," lower right within border. Matted and framed.

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LEONARD LESLIE BROOKE. “He began to kick and scratch till the poor cow was nearly mad.”

Lot 29: LEONARD LESLIE BROOKE. “He began to kick and scratch till the poor cow was nearly mad.”

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Description: LEONARD LESLIE BROOKE. "He began to kick and scratch till the poor cow was nearly mad." Watercolor and ink. 245x190 mm; 9 3/4x7 1/2 inches. Illustration for Tom Thumb, London: Frederick Warne, 1904. Initialed lower left corner.

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LEONARD LESLIE BROOKE. “The man at once sat down in front of the great cask,

Lot 30: LEONARD LESLIE BROOKE. “The man at once sat down in front of the great cask,

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Description: LEONARD LESLIE BROOKE. "The man at once sat down in front of the great cask, and drank and drank till before a day was over he had drunk the whole cellarful of wine." Watercolor and ink. 245x190 mm; 9 1/2x7 1/2 inches. Illustration for The Golden Goose, London: Frederick Warne, 1905. Initialed, lower left corner.

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LEONARD LESLIE BROOKE. “When he came to the wood he met a little old grey man.”

Lot 31: LEONARD LESLIE BROOKE. “When he came to the wood he met a little old grey man.”

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Description: LEONARD LESLIE BROOKE. "When he came to the wood he met a little old grey man." Watercolor and ink. 245x190 mm; 9 1/2x7 1/2 inches. Illustration for The Golden Goose, London: Frederick Warne, 1905. Initialed lower left corner.

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DIK BROWNE. Hagar the Horrible.

Lot 32: DIK BROWNE. Hagar the Horrible.

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Description: DIK BROWNE. Hagar the Horrible. 9-panel Sunday comic strip. Pen and ink on paper, signed lower right. 280x406 mm; 11x16 inches, image. Not examined out of frame. Published May 18, 1980.framed

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UMBERTO BRUNELLESCHI.

Lot 33: UMBERTO BRUNELLESCHI. "J'ai de la chance, mon cheri, d'avoir de la galette. . . "

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Description: UMBERTO BRUNELLESCHI. "J'ai de la chance, mon cheri, d'avoir de la galette. . . " Pen and ink and wash on paper. 356x292 mm; 14x11 1/2 inch oval on 229x305 mm; 19x12 inch sheet. Signed, center right. Printer's penciled instructions at top, captioned lower margin. Overall minor soiling and some soft creases. Circa 1930s.

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CHARLES LIVINGSTON BULL.

Lot 34: CHARLES LIVINGSTON BULL. "Bistri of Perchina, Grandfather of Shiela."

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Description: CHARLES LIVINGSTON BULL. "Bistri of Perchina, Grandfather of Shiela." Pencil sketch on board of a Russian wolfhound. 127x127 mm; 5x5 inches, image. Unsigned but titled in Bull's hand, lower right. A fine canine portrait by the master animal artist who was known for his illustrations of wolfhounds and Borzoi breeds. Circa 1915.

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DICK CALKINS. Buck Rogers partial daily comic strip.

Lot 35: DICK CALKINS. Buck Rogers partial daily comic strip. "The Myserious [sic] Mongol, True to Form Kept a Stony Silence."

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Description: DICK CALKINS. Buck Rogers partial daily comic strip. "The Myserious [sic] Mongol, True to Form Kept a Stony Silence." From the Meeting the Mongols series depicting the Mysterious Mongol confessing under electrono-hypnotic influence to knowledge of Om-Ka-Zoril and Morke-Ka Lono's "super powered ray projector." Ink and some watercolor. 419x625 mm; 6 1/2x24 5/8 inches, sheet. Contains crossed-out and panel overlay revisions, white out, and pencil corrections. Signed "Lt. Dick Calkins-Air Corps Res. 99" in last panel and in thick red ink: "Compliments of Buck Rogers, Phil Nowlan / Dick Calkins." Circa 1929.

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ELEANOR B. CAMPBELL. Gerber Baby.

Lot 36: ELEANOR B. CAMPBELL. Gerber Baby.

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Description: ELEANOR B. CAMPBELL. Gerber Baby. Oil on canvas. 655x530 mm; 25 3/4x20 3/4 inches. Signed lower right. Abrasion partially along signature. Nd.

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MILTON CANIFF. Terry and the Pirates.

Lot 37: MILTON CANIFF. Terry and the Pirates.

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Description: MILTON CANIFF. Terry and the Pirates. Hand-colored proof on paper. 215x280 mm; 8 1/2x11 inches. Terry with pals Pat Ryan and Connie. Signed with a short presentation inscription: "To Joe Eddins, With my very best wishes - Milton Caniff." 1936. With Typed Letter Signed by Caniff on his letterhead to Mr. Eddins referencing present item, dated 15 January, 1936.

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AL CAPP. Li'L Abner.

Lot 38: AL CAPP. Li'L Abner.

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Description: AL CAPP. Li'L Abner. 4 (2 or 3 panels each) pen and ink drawings for the famous daily comic strip syndicated by New York News Inc., October 10, 13, 14 and 15, 1970. Each 140x480 mm; 5 1/2x18 3/4 inches. Signed in full on the last panel of each strip. Each drawing with preliminary pencil sketches on the verso.

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CHARLES EDWARD CHAMBERS. Reading the message on the door with a lighted match.

Lot 39: CHARLES EDWARD CHAMBERS. Reading the message on the door with a lighted match.

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Description: CHARLES EDWARD CHAMBERS. Reading the message on the door with a lighted match. Ink and wash. 420x320 mm; 16 1/2x12 1/2 inches. Signed "C. E. Chambers" lower right. Matted and framed.

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HOWARD CHANDLER CHRISTY.

Lot 40: HOWARD CHANDLER CHRISTY. ". . . She was made for love and capture, was Polly."

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Description: HOWARD CHANDLER CHRISTY. ". . . She was made for love and capture, was Polly." Ink, watercolor, gouache full-length portrait on board. Published in the story Being Engaged to Polly by Ellis Parker Butler in Good Housekeeping Magazine, November 1913, page 620. 997x724 mm; 39 1/4x28 1/2 inches, image. Signed, Inscribed, and dated lower right; Good Housekeeping stamp on verso and archival tape along edges attaching image to window matte, some archival and masking tape remnants on board, framed.

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COMICS. Group of 22 food-related cartoons from the collection of food writer Jeanne Jones.

Lot 41: COMICS. Group of 22 food-related cartoons from the collection of food writer Jeanne Jones.

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Description: COMICS. Group of 22 food-related cartoons from the collection of food writer Jeanne Jones. 17 are original pen and ink, many with wash; 5 are reproductions. Various sizes, all framed. Signed, and many additionally Inscribed and Signed to Jones. Mostly 1960s-80s. Unexamined out of frames.

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A.D. CONDO. The Outbursts of Everett True.

Lot 42: A.D. CONDO. The Outbursts of Everett True.

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Description: A.D. CONDO. The Outbursts of Everett True. Pen and ink on card stock on mount. 2-panel comic strip. 340x220 mm; 13 1/2x8 1/2 inches. Slight edge creasing and smudging. Signed lower right. Circa 1930s.

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FANNY YOUNG CORY. Three pen and ink illustrations.

Lot 43: FANNY YOUNG CORY. Three pen and ink illustrations.

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Description: FANNY YOUNG CORY. Three pen and ink illustrations. "The ships run on the land, sir." 177x260 mm; 7x10 1/4 inches. Initialed lower right, cropped along left side affecting number stamp and penciled title (indecipherable) * "Children hate the sight of pie." 170x250 mm; 6 5/8x9 7/8 inches. Unsigned. Two illustrations for vignettes in the poem "Topsy Turvy Town" published within a story by Sydney Reid, "Josey and the Chipmunk," St. Nicholas Magazine, March 1900, page 434.

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FANNY YOUNG CORY. Group of 4 illustrations for St. Nicholas Magazine.

Lot 44: FANNY YOUNG CORY. Group of 4 illustrations for St. Nicholas Magazine.

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Description: FANNY YOUNG CORY. Group of 4 illustrations for St. Nicholas Magazine. Pen and ink on paper. Various sizes. All but one signed "F. Y. Cory" Variously but lightly finger soiled, few spots, pencil annotations and partial captions in margins and versos. 1901-06.

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MIGUEL COVARRUBIAS. Three drawings of oriental subjects.

Lot 45: MIGUEL COVARRUBIAS. Three drawings of oriental subjects.

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Description: MIGUEL COVARRUBIAS. Three drawings of oriental subjects. Beheading. Signed lower right. * Chinese Musician. Signed lower right and annotated "Shanghai" * Woman in Colorful Costume. Signed with initials lower center and with penciled color guides. Various sizes, approximately 8x10 inches, image; matted and framed.

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WILL CRAWFORD. John Smith before the Chief of the Powhatans while his daughter Pocahontas leans by a tree.

Lot 46: WILL CRAWFORD. John Smith before the Chief of the Powhatans while his daughter Pocahontas leans by a tree.

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Description: WILL CRAWFORD. John Smith before the Chief of the Powhatans while his daughter Pocahontas leans by a tree. Pen and ink on paper. 241x381 mm; 9 1/2x15 inches, sheet. Signed lower left. Tipped to window mat with archival tape, verso, margins and right portion of image a bit toned and soiled, lightly affects image, pencil measurements in lower margin. Cartoon possibly for Life Magazine, circa 1910.

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FREDERICK W. DAVIS.

Lot 47: FREDERICK W. DAVIS. "That, When a Poet is in such a trance . . ."

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Description: FREDERICK W. DAVIS. "That, When a Poet is in such a trance . . ." Oval oil on canvas stretched over mahogany board, 597x395 mm; 23 3/4x15 1/2 inches, of a pondering Keats sitting on a log beneath a tree, dreaming of a battle scene, painted in the background among clouds, a gold banner with black text and red initials bearing the Keats quote from the second stanza of To My Brother George: "That when a Poet is in such a trance. In air he sees white coursers pau, and prance, Bestridden of gay knights in gay apparel Who at each other tilt in playful quarrel." Signed and dated 1901, lower margin, oval metal frame with beaded border, rubbed, with some decorative pieces missing. Circa 1901.

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ROBERT DE MICHIELL. New Yorker illustration.

Lot 48: ROBERT DE MICHIELL. New Yorker illustration.

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Description: ROBERT DE MICHIELL. New Yorker illustration. Pen, ink, and wash. 295x390 mm; 11 3/4x15 1/4 inches. Signed in ink. The New Yorker, and artist's studio stamp on verso. Framed.

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PETER DE SÈVE. Finn McCoul's grandmother chops down the tree.

Lot 49: PETER DE SÈVE. Finn McCoul's grandmother chops down the tree.

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Description: PETER DE SÈVE. Finn McCoul's grandmother chops down the tree. Watercolor and pencil. 330x406 mm; 13x16 inches. Illustration for Brian Gleeson, Finn McCoul, New York: Rabbit Ears, 1995. Signed lower right corner. Matted.

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RICHARD DECKER. “And then the man would peek out and see if he knew you.”

Lot 50: RICHARD DECKER. “And then the man would peek out and see if he knew you.”

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Description: RICHARD DECKER. "And then the man would peek out and see if he knew you." Wash and ink drawing. 310x255 mm; 12x10 inches, image. Cartoon for The New Yorker, September 1, 1934, page 15. Signed on right and titled.

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