Sunday, October 22, 2017

George Booth—A Cartoonist's Life

This week George Booth is coming to the Society of Illustrators! Curated by animator J. J. Sedelmaier, the show "George Booth—A Cartoonist's Life" opens on October 24 with an opening reception on the 27th. "This is the first exhibit exclusively dedicated to George Booth's work," according to the Society's website. That represents a tremendous oversight on the part of the art world, even though technically it isn't true. In 1978, Mr. Booth had a monthlong solo exhibit at the Nicholls Gallery.

"George Booth—A Cartoonist's Life"

George Booth, 1996
Absolutely No Pets

Three issues of Leatherneck with contributions by George Booth

George Booth
"Mister Berghavin is not himself lately. And the cat hasn't been acting right, either."

"George Booth—A Cartoonist's Life" at the Society of Illustrators
"This is the first exhibit exclusively dedicated to George Booth's work."

Meanwhile, forty years earlier...
The New Yorker, February 13, 1978, page 8

Booth exhibition ad
The New Yorker, February 13, 1978, page 126

What do you suppose became of those $20 signed posters? As a matter of fact, there's one available on eBay right now!
George Booth, signed exhibition poster for the Nicholls Gallery, 1978

George Booth's signature

George Booth
eBay Listing as of October 21, 2017

George Booth
eBay Item Description
"Reframing wouldn't be a terrible idea." Yup.

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George Booth
"Very good, Leon."

Note:  All original artwork shown here is from the George Booth Collection via the Society of Illustrators website.

It's George Booth's moment. As always, I'm looking for scans or photos of original art by the cartoonist. Published rarities are also welcome.

I hope to be in attendance at the opening reception Friday. Don't be shy about saying hello.

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George Booth

The Society of Illustrators


Saturday, October 21, 2017

Frank A. Munsey's Copy of Dracula by Bram Stoker

American newspaper and magazine publisher Frank A. Munsey was lucky enough to receive a signed copy of Bram Stoker's 1897 novel Dracula inscribed by the author on the day of publication. The seller now offering this volume on eBay surmises, "Undoubtedly, Stoker presented the book to Munsey in an unsuccessful hope that Munsey would serialize Dracula in one of his magazines." Munsey created a number of popular ten-cent pulp magazines, discovering a brand new market. He was also something of a novelist himself. The book has been rebound and is currently listed at $52,000. Too rich for my—ahem!—blood.

Inscribed "Frank A. Munsey/from Bram Stoker/22-6-97"

Dracula title page
Has anyone heard of Stoker's four earlier books?

Bram Stoker
eBay Listing as of October 21, 2017

Bram Stoker
eBay Item Description

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Bram Stoker



Friday, October 20, 2017

Dracula: The Definitive Edition, Signed and Numbered by Edward Gorey

Dracula:  The Definitive Edition of the Bram Stoker classic was published in 1996 with an introduction and appendices by Marvin Kaye and with illustrations by Edward Gorey. The deluxe edition and lithograph are each signed and numbered by the artist. The edition is limited to 750 numbered copies and 26 lettered copies. Copy #638 was listed on Abe Books on August 8 and subsequently sold.

Bram Stoker
Abe Books Listing Beginning August 8, 2017

Note that the synopsis and review refer to two other very different editions of Dracula

Note:  Your blogger is batty for scans and photographs of uniquely-signed books and original art by Edward Gorey.

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Edward Gorey

Bram Stoker

Signed, Limited Editions


Thursday, October 19, 2017

Folon in Japan

A unique copy of Jean-Michel Folon's Odakyu Grand Gallery catalogue from a Tokyo art exhibit was inscribed in June of 1985 to Eiichi Yamazaki, who presumably helped to organize the show. Yet it was never given to him. Instead, Folon brought the exhibition catalogue back to France along with the intended recipient's business card. Go figure.

Jean-Michel Folon
Abe Books Listing as of October 9, 2017. Subsequently sold.

Note:  Your humble blogger seeks scans and photographs of uniquely-signed books and original art by Jean-Michel Folon.

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Jean-Michel Folon


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Leo Cullum: The Father of the Bride of Frankenstein

I am by no means a fan of the practice of slabbing original autographs and even cartoons. I am certainly okay with using protective slabs to preserve coins, for example, and some collectible paper such as currency, stamps, and even comic books (although it's a shame not to be able to read them). So what then do I recommend when a cartoonist such as Leo Cullum embellishes and autographs a one dollar bill? Well, the cartoon should takes precedence over the paper it's drawn on, of course, so therefore I do not favor slabbing; indeed I prefer framing. Paper money collectors enthralled by the uniqueness of the item are free to disagree with me.

Leo Cullum, The Father of the Bride of Frankenstein

Now you know why they're called greenbacks.

Leo Cullum
EBay Listing Ended June 27, 2015

Leo Cullum
EBay Item Description

Leo Cullum
EBay Bid History
A seven-day auction is decided in the final two seconds

Note:  Your friendly blogger seeks scans and photographs of all manner of original art by Leo Cullum in all media. Check your wallet.

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Leo Cullum