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Sale: W. W. Denslow Art MONTGOMERY WARD Almanac YearBook 1898 Catalog 1947 Clymer Edn

$45.00 $35.00

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Here is an unusual Denslow item: the Montgomery Ward & Co. 1898 Almanac and Yearbook, reprinted in 1947 by Floyd Clymer. This item has cover art by Wizard of Oz artist W W Denslow (signed with seahorse), and copious interior art by Denslow. For example, the scene of a famer coming home with his team has classic Denslow elements of a moon in the background and a repeating pattern of corn in the foreground. It is signed with his trademark seahorse near the lower left corner. The original item was printed in color and is very rare, and this B&W reproduction is also pretty hard to find.

In addition to the cover design, there are at least nine line drawings inside that are signed either Den or with the seahorse. There are about as many additional drawings that look to be an identical style, but are unsigned (possibly the signature was cropped out at the margins?). Finally, there is an elaborate filigree design with characters at the top of each month that may also have been drawn by Denslow–some of the children look a little like his Dorothy, but I am not sure. Regardless, a treasure trove of Denslow art!

Condition is good plus; a little chip at top corner of cover, some soiling and minor wear to cover. Pages complete and in clean condition with binding still intact. A nice item for the serious Denslow collector or historian.