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    With an Autograph Note Signed by Maxfield Parrish

    [Maxfield Parrish, illustrator]. Louise Saunders. The Knave of Hearts. With Pictures by Maxfield Parrish. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1925.

    First edition. Large quarto. [6], 46, [1], [3, blank] pages. Color frontispiece (included in pagination), with tissue guard, and fifteen full-page color illustrations by Maxfield Parrish.

    Original black cloth with color pictorial label on front cover. Color pictorial endpapers. Housed in most of the original glassine wrapper and the original issue cardboard box, which is heavily worn and has seen better days but which is rarely present at all. Light rubbing and tiny scratches to paper illustration pasted to front board; faint scuffing and scratches to rear board. Internal contents bright and clean. A beautiful book in near fine condition.

    Laid into the present copy is an autograph note signed by Parrish. On the reverse of the card, in his inimitable hand, Parrish has written: "Dear Mr. Johnson: / As far as I can remember the books I / have illustrated are about as follows: / The Knave of Hearts: Louise Saunders. / Arabian Nights. / Italian Villas. Edith Wharton. / Mother Goose in Prose. / The Golden Age [and] Dream Days > Kenneth Grahame. / Poems of Childhood. Eugene Field. / M. P." From the Estate of John McLaughlin.


    More Information:

    "Not until 1920 did [Parrish] agree to illustrate what was to become one of the most valuable children's books ever published, Louise Saunders's Knave of Hearts. Saunders was the wife of Maxwell Perkins, the editor of Scribner's. They summered in Cornish, New Hampshire, and were friends with the Parrishes. In a letter to J. H. Chapin of Scribner's, Parrish wrote on October 24, 1920: 'The reason I wanted to illustrate the Knave of Hearts was on account of the bully opportunity it gives for a very good time making the pictures. Imagination could run riot, not bound down by the period, just good fun and all sorts of things. You must understand all this layout to be in gorgeous color. The landscapes back of the figures in the cover lining - a very beautiful affair illuminated by a golden late afternoon sun: castles, waterfall, rocks and mountains.' Parrish relished working three years on the twenty-six paintings for the Knave of Hearts. He built an elaborate castle model in his fully equipped workroom to use in the illustrations for the book...Many of the fixtures in the illustrations show handcrafted items from the Parrish household, such as elaborate hinges and a wonderful clocklike affair...that Parrish had built to let him know when the main house ran out of well water...Knave of Hearts, published in October 1925, was printed in rich colors on heavy coated paper. The illustrations were the highest quality reproductions that could be printed" (Alma Gilbert, Maxfield Parrish: The Masterworks, pp. 49-52).



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