The Pearl and the Pumpkin. W. W. Denslow.
The Pearl and the Pumpkin.
The Pearl and the Pumpkin.
The Pearl and the Pumpkin.

The Pearl and the Pumpkin.

New York: G.W. Dillingham, [1904]. First edition. With illustrated title-page in orange and black and sixteen full-color printed plates. Also with elaborate half-page illustrations at the beginning and end of each chapter and additional illustrations on roughly every other page, all printed in orange and black. Illustrations by the Wonderful Wizard of Oz illustrator W.W. Denslow. Binding is bright and attractive despite some toning to spine and light rubbing to extremities. Endpapers, color-printed in teal, with illustrations by Denslow. Twentieth century bookplate (Donald Alexander Skene) to front pastedown. Light offsetting from some of the illustrations. Some light soiling to about five pages in chapter seventeen. Still a very good, clean, bright, and tight copy of a lovely book featuring the iconic art of W.W. Denslow. Publisher’s pictorial cloth lettered in green and with a full-color decoration of two men and a pumpkin. Quarto. [240] pp. Item #16891

William Wallace Denslow (1856 – 1915) is best remembered for his illustrations in the books of L. Frank Baum, most notably The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Denslow also illustrated Baum’s By the Candelabra’s Glare, Father Goose, and Dot and Tot of Merryland, and designed the sets and costumes for the 1902 Oz stage adaptation. By the time Denslow illustrated the present work, however, he no longer worked with Baum and instead applied his skills to his own comic strips and the eighteen-volume Denslow’s Picture Books series. His comic strip Billy Bounce is notable as one of the first comic strips in which the protagonist has superpowers. Denslow was also the first artist invited to work at the Roycroft Press.

Paul Clarendon West (1871 – 1918) was a songwriter and playwright who wrote several hundred songs for Broadway and vaudeville productions. His own stage adaptation of The Pearl and the Pumpkin was produced in 1905. He was also a comic strip artist for the New York Evening Journal and, later, the New York Sunday World.

Price: $375.00

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