"It's me, its me, O Lord, Standin' in the need of prayer": First edition of It's Me O Lord: The Autobiography of Rockwell Kent; Inscribed by the author
It’s Me O Lord: The Autobiography of Rockwell Kent.
Item Number: 95123
New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1955.
First edition of the artist and illustrator’s autobiography. Octavo, original cloth, gilt titles to the spine, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Reba and Dyke Reba with our author’s, not to be wondered at, gratitude for their friendship to his book and for A.D. 1955 (May 16), their generous hospitality, Rockwell Kent.” In near fine condition.
American painter, printmaker, illustrator and writer Rockwell Kent became well known for his stark and realistic landscape paintings depicting the primordial ruggedness of such settings as Monhegan Island and the Alaskan wilderness. Kent also published a number of illustrated memoirs about his adventures abroad, including Wilderness: A Journal of Quiet Adventure in Alaska (1920) and N by E (1930). In 1920, Kent took up wood engraving and quickly established himself as one of the preeminent graphic artists of his time, with his illustrations appearing in two editions of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick as well as in popular periodicals including Vanity Fair, Harper’s Weekly, and Life.