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    [Rockwell Kent, illustrator]. [Frederick Squires]. Architec-tonics. The Tales of Tom Thumtack Architect. Volume One. New York: The William J. Comstock Company, 1945.

    First edition. Warmly inscribed and signed by Kent on the front free endpaper. Twelvemo. 174 pages. Profusely illustrated with Kent drawings.

    Publisher's blue cloth with gilt and red decorative titles. Original light blue dust jacket. Minimal shelf wear. Textblock mildly toned. Dust jacket lightly sunned along the spine, fold lines and top edge. Small amount of paper loss at the bottom of the front panel. Considerable tape repair to the verso of the dust jacket at the front flap folds, spine ends, middle of spine, and bottom rear flap fold. Overall, a very good copy.

    Persuaded by his comrade, Squires, Kent produced eighty-five drawings, decorative initials, and the cover design for this wonderful book. A very early effort by him for which he received $100.00, and the first appearance of Kent's illustrations in book form. First published as a series of articles in "Architecture and Building."

    The inscription reads, in part: "Incidentally, only...what is termed 'art work' is by me. The text is by a Columbia class-mate of mine, Frederic [sic] Squires...)"

    Johnson 31.

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