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Max The Mouse who Made the Met, Tom Yakutis (1929 - 2002)
101 Tom Yakutis (1929 - 2002) Max The Mouse who Made the Met

This is an early home-made book by an eighteen year old (or 17) Tom Yakutis, who went on to a highly successful career as an animator. His later credits include Popeye (1978 - 1981), Challenge of the SuperFriends, and many stints as director, designer, or artist on episodes of such beloved cartoons as the Jetsens, the Flintstones, etc. He began his career at Disney and worked at many of the major animation studios subsequently, including Hanna and Barbera, Warner Brothers, etc. Already in this illustrated manuscript we can see the polish of his renderings, with the mice and human characters endowed with real expressiveness. The short text is not really commensurate with the quality of the illustrations, and from the many misspellings we might wonder whether Mr. Yakutis was dyslexic. The story flows crudely, but thankfully, the drawings delight and more than compensate. The setting of this mouse tale at the Met is also interesting. There is an element of humor in the tiny creature living in so grand a place, and then upending it. At the time the Met loomed larger in the American landscape as a temple of high culture, and it was a time when top singers there had a presence in popular culture as well, with singers such as Rise Stevens, Laurence Tibbett, Lily Pons, Jamila Novotna, etc. enjoying significant movie careers in popular movies. 
Price: 1200.00 USD
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Thurnau 13.Lehrgang/4.-11.April 37, Vierster, Werner
102 Vierster, Werner Thurnau 13.Lehrgang/4.-11.April 37
1937 Custom-made half leather folder Fine 
A most unusual, bizarre, comical home-made book of a Nazi training camp for the SA! 20 pp., plus wraps. 29 by 25 cm. If one could overlook the sinister associations, much of the satire could apply to any military boot camp, but of course one can not escape the invidious context. In a way, this might be viewed as a pity, because the illustrations and accompanying light verse are superb, and this can be seen as plausibly publishable, but for the irredeemably unsavory context. Yet it is on the other hand a most interesting primary source document on the life of an ordinary member of the SA and by extension, other Nazi units. So we find mocked the task master commander, the morning wake-up and ablutions, the constant drilling, exercise and sporting regimen. Quite graphically depicted is the group shower, among other things. Interestingly, women were a part of the camp experience -- they lived separately, but there was mingling. Much of the training would appear to have been indistinguishable from standard military training. Was this in keeping with the paramilitary nature of the SA, or was it somehow related also to the German not so furtive strategems to evade the restrictions placed on its military activities by the Treaty of Versailles? In any case, there is strangely no allusion to Jews in the entire work. The most disturbing aspect of the work may be that, notwithstanding the gently cynical tone, the author would appear to have emerged from the program an enthusiastic member of the SA! Now housed in a handsome half-black morocco over green cloth folder. 
Price: 2950.00 USD
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Scenes and Characters of the English XVIIIth Century, all, with the exception of one or two Portraits, Original, Vulliamy, C. E.
103 Vulliamy, C. E. Scenes and Characters of the English XVIIIth Century, all, with the exception of one or two Portraits, Original
1906 Quarter Leather Very Good Plus 
A complete manuscript book containing 34 pen and sepia wash pictures, each captioned on the facing leaf by the hand of Colwyn Edward Vulliamy (1886 - 1971). Vulliamy was a Welsh biographer and historian. Educated privately, he studied art under Stanhope Forbes. In World War One he served in France, Macedonia and Turkey. Post-war, in addition to biography, he produced several mysteries and dabbled in humor writing. This album beautifully combines his affinity for history and humor, and one could only wish he had devoted more of his later energies to such caricature. The subject matter is of some historic remove from Vulliamy, but surely the album reflects the surge of interest in the eighteenth century that occurred at the turn of the twentieth century. Here one will find both a wistful and jaundiced look back -- Vulliamy doesn't look away from the seedy and ugly aspects of Georgian England. His style and wash media are true to the period, and but for the paper stock and the binding, one could be easily deceived into thinking the artwork was in fact contemporary with the period depicted. The front endpaper is signed and dated by the author, and he again initials and dates the closing illustrated leaf. Quarter leather over pebbled cloth binding, measuring 9.5 by 13.5 cm, or 5.25 by 3.75 inches. Some spotting on the black cloth. Otherwise, quite fresh and clean. 
Price: 850.00 USD
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104 Whiting, Harris Jon Math Notebook
Holliston, Massachusetts 1821 NA Good 
Federalist period student's math notebook, with much of the writing by a calligraphic hand (at least by today's standards). About 50 leaves. One loose page. A few page ends torn out. Age toning, and some insignificant soiling. Wear to the top page. No binding. Probably complete, other than torn out pages. 
Price: 60.00 USD
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Manuscript of caricatures, Williams, Edward
105 Williams, Edward Manuscript of caricatures
England 1845 Quarter Calf. Cloth Boards Very Good 
Eleven leaves of precise and incisive pen and ink caricatures of those involved in the courts and in medicine, with sixteen original caricatures in all. Folio, 37 by 27 cm. Also lovely bird, butterfly and foliate vignettes ornamenting the three first pages without caricatures. The court characters include the judge, the barrister, the crier of the court, the attorney, the plaintiff, the defendant, witnesses for each, the bailiff's follower and the sheriff. The medical cast is comprised of the apothecary, the physician, the quack doctor, the patient, the medical student and the surgeon. The writing is by a calligraphic hand, and this is applied both to the flowery dedicatory and introductory pages and the sharp captioned text. 
Price: 1800.00 USD
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106 [Lemke, Horst], illustrator probably Rompopo Rompopo Presents Levitatia 8th Wonder of the World
NA Very Good 
Unpublished, but with a touch of editing, an original illustrated story of a levitating circus act. While no authorial credit(s) are given, we believe the illustrator was Horst Lemke, a prolific German illustrator closely associated with Erich Kästner, among others. The style is precisely the spare yet exuberant in precisely the same manner as Lemke, and in fact, some of the human figures are very close figures drawn in Lemke's published works. While Lemke could certainly have inspired an imitator, the similarities are just too great, and the quality too high, to make this a strong possibility, and the manuscript most definitely looks as if it was not only prepared for a commercial publisher, but also that it had been probably reviewed by a publisher. And although Lemke is far better known in the German-speaking world, he did contribute to works published originally in English, and did so around the time of this manuscript's likely production. Oblong, 26 by 38 cm. 21 leaves, with pen-and-ink drawings on most pages (rectos and versos) and original accompanying text. Rompopo is the producer of a small traveling circus whose chief attraction is Levitatia, or Mildred, who has the amazing ability to fly until she puts on too much weight because the coachman who is in love with her has been spoiling her with candies. When she falls in love with a loyal spectator Pastrami, Rompopo chases the young man away. Disconsolate, Levitatia soon sheds the excess weight, allowing her to fly better than ever and become an even bigger sensation. The story ends with her flying to Pastrami, leaving Rompopo in the lurch. 
Price: 1250.00 USD
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