[original drawings by Rockwell] [In Two Volumes, boxed.] New York: The Heritage Press, 1936 | 1940. Original green | orange cloth lettered on the spine in gilt, with front cover portrait, in original paper-covered board box with integral wraparound slip.
Heritage Press editions, each with eight color plates tipped onto captioned leaves, plus black-and-white chapter headings, all by Norman Rockwell. Both volumes are in fine condition except that their spines are a little dusty. Included is the uncommon original box ("two volumes -- boxed together -- $5"); it is in good-to-very good condition, with some wear on the joints.
Each volume is a presentation copy from Norman Rockwell, inscribed on each half-title with an original pen-and-ink drawing of a dog and reading "To Ted Slocum | Faithfully yours | Norman Rockwell" [with his signature in his characteristic block letters]. On a number of presentation occasions Rockwell did this drawing, which features a white mutt with both ears and one side of its face black, a wagging tail, and with a tin can at the end of a string (the can is similar to the one appearing in Rockwell's sketch on the TOM SAWYER half-title).
For Norman Rockwell, dogs were important elements of both his artwork and his personal life. Realizing the viewer appeal of animals in illustrated narratives, he intentionally placed them as central figures in his compositions; it was typical for him to include them in Saturday Evening Post covers, advertising illustrations and family Christmas cards. Rockwell's dogs accompanied him to the studio, occasionally napping on the floor alongside him as he worked. He also borrowed neighbors' dogs to serve as models... In his reference files, Rockwell kept hundreds of photographs, negatives and magazine clippings of dogs for use in his art. "Mutts," the heading for file folders of such images, points to Rockwell's personal preference for lovable mongrels [Kanzenberg].
In all, a highly desirable set. Item #14071