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    Original Manuscript and Garth Williams' Hand-Drawn Mock-Up for The Rabbits' Wedding

    Garth Williams. Rabbits' Wedding manuscript and mock-up.

    Garth Williams. Group containing the original manuscript and the original artist's mock-up for The Rabbits' Wedding, 1958. This lot contains: Six sheets, recto only, of the original manuscript in Williams' hand in both ink and pencil, with one sheet typed. One of these sheets contains a list of proposed titles for the book (Forever, The Black Rabbit's Wish, The Sad Rabbit, etc.). Some shallow folds; an ink splotch, and coffee ring. [and:] Ten sheets of original drawings measuring 11 x 8.5 inches, including an alternate jacket design (with title When the Nightingale Sings) and with preliminary sketches for illustrations, all of which are initialed by Williams. [and:] Mock-up of book consisting of nine sheets, folded in half, containing layout for illustrations with Williams' quick sketches; no text. Front cover is titled Forever; Rabbit Wedding is on rear cover. Most individual "pages" initialed by Williams. This booklet measures approximately 12.25 x 9.125 inches. All of the above in very good condition. [and:] Also with a fine copy of a later edition of the completed book in dust jacket.

    Surprisingly, Garth Williams -- internationally beloved children's book illustrator -- produced a book so controversial it became a true cause célèbre. The Rabbits' Wedding, a children's book written and illustrated by Williams about the love between a black rabbit and a white rabbit, was banned and removed from general circulation in several Southern states when some interpreted the story to be a political argument for interracial marriage. In response to the uproar, Williams said this to Time magazine: "The Rabbits' Wedding has no political significance. I was completely unaware that animals with white fur were considered blood relations of white human beings. It was written for children from two to five who will understand it perfectly. It was not written for adults, who will not understand it because it is only about a soft furry love and has no hidden message of hate." From the Estate of Garth Williams.


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