This is one of the later books in the Johnny Gruelle Raggedy Ann and Andy series. It was illustrated by his brother, Justin, and published in 1943. Betsy (aka Betsy Bonnet Spring) is one of those magical people the Raggedys seem to run into when they enter the Deep Deep Woods. Hardcover, in pictorial boards, 95 pp. First Ed.
- from Meals for Small Families, a 1929 illustrated (Art Deco) cookbook. Published at the beginning of The Great Depression, this charming cookbook no doubt cheered the anxious cook on – with recipes for sardine sandwiches and oatmeal pancakes. “Metabolism, raw foods, exactness in chewing, calories, fats and vitamins – possibly by tomorrow we will learn that scientific cookery 0f the food attractively served and eaten in leisure fashion – is what really gives you the mental and physical balance we all desire and need.” Well-said, Jean Mowat, Cookbook author. Well-said.
A book can also be a catalog; a catalog can also be a book. This is from the 1988 art exhibit catalog of Chinese Contemporary Art – including 15 Chinese artists, whose work could finally be seen post-Cultural-Revolution. It was originally shown at The University of Illinois, Urbana- Champagne. Shown here is not only a graceful blend of traditional & modern art, but the expression of creative freedom. We should never take that for granted.
Going once, going twice! Dorothy’s ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz
This is a 1970 catalog from the David Weisz’s 18-day Auction of MGM’s props and costumes. Above, left, Judy Garland’s costume as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. The ruby slippers brought $15,000 – a whopping sum 44 years ago. This huge auction (350,000 items in wardrobe, alone) ignited film-related collecting as a hobby and a business. So they say. The catalog, itself, is collectible — in part for the color photographs of both the majestic props and costumes from MGM films over many decades.
Walt Disney’s Living Desert , published in 1954, was the first in a series of True-Life Adventure books written by Jane Werner and the Staff of the Walt Disney Studio. The books were based on the Disney Adventure films – in which, Walt Disney said, “animals in their wild state were the only actors.Nature itself was the dramatist, while we merely stood by as cameramen and editors of the story.” Photos above show the cover and the title page from this 123-page hardcover. After 60 years, still a wonderful read.
the Cordon Bleu Cook Book is a 1947 first edition by Dione Lucas. A decade or two before Julia, Dione was translating French recipes into something Americans could cook. Well, maybe most Americans. Dione was the owner of the Cordon Bleu Restaurant and Cooking School in New York City. She was known “especially for her omelets without equal.” 322 pages.
This copy of Ms. Magazine was published in August, 1972. It was the second issue – and it featured a startling cover – Marilyn Monroe, and inside, articles about her by Gloria Steinem. The articles were tender mercies – recounting her life and guesses about her death. This is an amazing vintage magazine – a classic, in fact – for many reasons & many poems.
– This is a First Edition, 1934 from Scribner’s. Possibly not a popular book, then or now, as it was written shortly after Hoover lost the Presidency to FDR. Still, scholars who study the Presidency - and particularly Hoover, may find this worth reading. No photographs, unfortunately.
Little Lotta was published by Harvey comics from 1953-’72. And sporadically after thaet. This is an issue from 1964 – worth, in some cases, as much as a vintage book. But I’m not giving this baby up. Precious – in so many ways, not the least of which is its in your-face humour.
Edward Albee wrote the play, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf in 1961-2. It appeared on Broadway and was a massive hit, receiving the New York Drama Critics Circle and the Tony Awards as the Best Play of the 1962-3 season. The Mike Nichols directed-film, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton came out in 1966. This Pocket Book paperback, signed by Albee, on the title page, is a later-printing from the early 1980s. It’s uncommon for any author to sign a paperback. Huzzah!