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Peter Arno’s Parade


New York: Horace Liveright, 1929. Fourth printing. Small tape stains on the covers and endpapers; very good in dust jacket. With The New Yorker’s stamp on the front free endpaper, below which it is inscribed, “To Ruth and Raoul - Who are lucky enough to have me love them both. As always, affectionately, Peter Arno. July 18, 1930, N.Y.C.” An exceptional association; Raoul Fleischmann (as in Fleischmann’s Yeast) was the co-founder and financial backer of the magazine. In fact, the copyrights are in the name of the F-R Publishing Corp. (”F” for Fleischmann, “R” for Harold Ross). Perhaps only Thurber, Ross and E.B. White were as central to this publication’s celebrated early decades as was Arno. Ruth (Gardner) Fleischmann was not impecunious either, and their son became the publisher when his father passed away.


Original Cartoon Drawing
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Original Cartoon Drawing


Approximately 16 x 22”; framed and glazed; wash on illustration board. The drawing depicts lines of West Point cadets; a sergeant-major looks at his watch, consulting another sergeant; typed caption pasted at the lower margin, “Late again! I’ve a good mind to start without those news reel fellows.” Signed in ink lower left by the artist “Carl Rose.” On the verso there is a label with a number and “New Yorker” penciled in; large pencil date “7/4/31” and various other notations including “Winship. Boston Globe.” Laurence Winship eventually became editor of the Globe, and his son succeeded him. For those to whom the reference is obscure, marching cadets were a dramatically filmed standard in newsreel footage. These short features, along with cartoons, short subject pictures and coming attractions almost always preceded feature presentations in movie theaters. Of these, only the last remains a staple. The addition of product advertisements, exhortations to patronize the refreshment stand and chastisements regarding behavior (presumably replacing the extinct flashlight equipped usher) have not improved the cinema experience.


Original Cover Illustration for The New Yorker, March 22, 1941


Pen and ink and crayon; approximately 11” x 15”. A springtime theme, with a horse and a bird, and Pan piping a song in the foreground. Matted and framed.