A Birthday Book - SIGNED - Rockwell Kent 1931 - Random House, New York - First Edition - Number 1219 of 1850 copies A lovely story written and illustrated by Rockwell Kent, telling of a battle between a good and bad fairy, and the gifts they give to a little girl, just christened. Signed and numbered by Rockwell Kent, and with the name ‘Joan’ to the dedication page.

Bound in lithographed silk design by Rockwell Kent, silk endpapers, and with twenty leaves of individual black and white wood block prints each surrounded by intricate borders.
  Rockwell Kent (1882-1971), famous in his own time as a painter, author, arctic adventurer, and political activist, left his most enduring legacy as a printmaker and illustrator of books. His bold and enigmatic images of mysterious, statuesque figures in spiritual communion with the natural world proved equally effective in corporate advertising campaigns and book projects alike. Kent’s drawings for Moby-Dick, or The Whale, completed for the 1930 edition of Herman Melville’s famous novel, are considered to be among his greatest artistic achievements. His background as a draughtsman and his love of maritime travel and adventure made him particularly well suited to take on the illustrations.

Philadelphia Museum of Art, web. Capra, ‘Rockwell Kent’ Maritime Studies Program William College, web.

(18.2 x 25.8 cm) pp. [8] 20 sheets of plates [8]. In publisher’s silkscreen illustrated boards, silk endpapers.
  Condition: Near fine, slight soiling to edges.   Ref: 104425   Price: HK$ 2,000