First Edition of Walt Disney's Three Little Pigs
Three Little Pigs.
Item Number: 51037
New York: Blue Ribbon Books, 1933.
First edition of this storybook of the Walt Disney’s animated classic. Thin quarto, original pictorial boards, with 26 full-page plates (12 in color) and numerous in-text line cuts. Very good in the rare dust jacket with some chips and tears.
“It was the Great Depression that made the Three Little Pigs a cartoon hit, at least so the story goes. Allegedly, when Disney released it as part of the Silly Symphony series in 1933, the playful frivolity of “Who’s Afraid of The Big Bad Wolf” helped people to forget the wolf at the door. Be that as it may, Three Little Pigs won an Oscar for its director, Burt Gillett— the second one ever given for animation. Its characteristic song became Disney’s first musical hit [dance orchestras the country over played it nightly]” (Roy E. Disney). “Of all the short films produced by Disney in the 1930s, Three Little Pigs has claims to being both the most significant and the most prescient. It is widely acclaimed as a breakthrough in character animation, leading the way for such indelible anthropomorphic creations as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Tom and Jerry, who dominated the various Hollywood animation studios from the late 1930s until the late 1950s” (Adrian Danks).
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New York: Simon and Schuster, 1953.
First edition of Lady and the Tramp, boldly signed across the title page by Walt Disney in his usual blue crayon. Octavo, original cloth, with charming illustrations by Joe G. Rinaldi. Foreword by Walt Disney. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Scarce and desirable signed by Walt Disney.
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Walt Disney’s Version of Pinocchio: Based on the Story by Collodi, with Illustrations from the Motion Picture.
New York: Random House, 1939.
First edition of the book version of Walt Disney’s second feature-length animated motion picture. Quarto, original half cloth over illustrated boards, pictorial endpapers, illustrated. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. A very nice example.
Boston : D.C. Heath and Company, 1939.
First edition of this collection of stories. Octavo, original illustrated cloth, pictorial endpapers. Boldly signed by Walt Disney on the half-title page. Illustrated throughout by the Walt Disney Studio. Story by Margaret Wise Brown. In very good condition with some rubbing to the extremities. Rare and desirable signed by Walt Disney.
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1940.
First edition of the lavishly illustrated companion volume to Disney’s animated musical masterpiece. Quarto, original cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated with 16 mounted color plates. Presentation copy, signed and inscribed by thirteen people (including Walt Disney); all who worked at Walt Disney studios in the 1940s. All of the inscriptions are to Jodie Ferguson Brudge, who was a secretary at Disney Studios, and upon her leaving to get married, raise family, she asked those that she worked with to inscribe her copy of Fantasia. This work contains the following inscriptions and illustrations, inscribed by Walt Disney on the title page, “To Jodie Best Wishes Walt Disney.” Page 10 has an original full-color illustration by Milt Banta of a card game between Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Milt Banta, with the inscription “Best Wishes Always Milt Banta.” Page 14 has a full page original illustration by Russ Dyson of a “ye olde family tree” for the Ferguson [Jodie] and Dyson branches. On the Dyson branch is a self-portrait of Dyson as a bird, with the inscription, “I Hope the Ferguson Branch Doesn’t grow any Larger! Good Luck – Russ Dyson 1/18/46.” Page 57 has an original watercolor of a tree branch and paint container, and the inscription: “Jodie – If you ever run across any automatic paint brushes like these – let me know. – Claude Coats.” Page 82 has a twenty-six line inscription that is warm and thoughtful from Ben [Sharpsteen]. Page 95 has an original color illustration of a frog fishing and the inscription, “An ‘Good Fishin’ to you all the time – Jodie. Hugh Hennesy” Page 102 has an original color illustration of a self-portrait of Bill Berg, with the inscription “Good Bye Jodie – We’ll Miss You!!! Bill Berg.” Page 118 has an original illustration of a self-portrait of Jerry Hathcock waking from a nightmare, with the inscription, “Gad!! What a Nightmare! Maybe Jodie is smart to leave. Good Bye + Good Luck, Jerry Hathcock.” Page 119 has an original illustration of a bouquet of flowers, that has been drawn into the hand/wing of the printed ostrich, with the inscription: “Best Luck and Good Wishes Jodie. Phil Barber.” Page 121 has an original illustration of a self-portrait of J. Eric Gurney who is holding a banner that reads, “Best Wishes to Jodie.” The opposite end of the banner is being held by the printed hippopotamus. Page 126 has an original illustration of a self-portrait of Nick Nichols (being held aloft by the printed elephant), with the inscription: “Bye Bye Jodie Come Back And Work For Me Again. Best Nick Nichols.” Page 159 has an original full-page illustration of Jodie as a centaurette, with the inscription, “G’bye Now. Lots of Luck an’ Stuff to Jodie. George Rowley.” The verso of the rear free endsheet contains an original illustration of a guitar player in a pancho and sombrero with the inscription, ” Good Luck Jodie. William de la Torre.” An excellent example in a very good dust jacket. A unique piece of Disney history.
Original pen and ink and Wash Drawings by Walt Kelly. Four panel Pogo Strips from 1956. Each approximately 16.5 inches by 5 inches. Slightly toned, together in one matte. Each is signed on the image, each also inscribed below the image at right and one of these also signed by Walt Kelly. Matted and framed. The complete piece measures 19.5 inches by 24.5 inches.
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London: Whizz Hard Books/ Lumos, 2016.
First British edition of this edition of both Quidditch Through the Ages and The Tales of Beedle the Bard. Octavo, original boards.Both volumes are signed by J. K. Rowling. Quidditch is signed on the front free endpaper and Tales of Beedle the Bard is signed on the half title page. In near fine condition, with the original slipcase. These copies were signed at the premier of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Rare and desirable signed by Rowling.
Large Willy Wonka Photograph; Signed by Gene Wilder, Peter Ostrum, Julie Dawn Cole, Denise Nickerson, Paris Themmen, and Michael Bollner
Large photograph of Willy Wonka, the five golden ticket winners and their parents and a trio of Oompa Loompas. Boldly signed in by Gene Wilder, Peter Ostrum, Julie Dawn Cole, Denise Nickerson, Paris Themmen, and Michael Bollner, with each but Wilder adding their respective character names from the 1971 film. The photograph measures 12 inches by 17 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 17.75 inches by 22.75 inches. An attractive piece.
New York: The Viking Press, 1933.
First edition of this beloved classic. Thin octavo, original half cloth. Bookplate, near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing to the extremities.