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    Book Cover and Dust Jacket Proofs
    by Leon Louis desRosiers for Dodd, Mead

    Leon Louis desRosiers, Sr.. The DesRosiers Dodd, Mead & Company Book Cover Illustration Collection. 1930s. Born in Maine, artist Leon Louis DesRosiers (1890-1968) served in WWI, worked at West Point in the Department of Military Topology and Graphics, and was commissioned by the Museum of Natural History to illustrate their "history of plants". His artwork also extended into the world of commercial advertising and publishing; a world in which he created these striking illustrations for book covers.

    Fifty-nine artist proof prints used in book cover art production for several Dodd, Mead & Co. publications. Also included is a folded book prospectus, a book advertisement from J.H. Sears & Co, a "Season's Greetings" card from West Point, and an advertisement for The East New York Savings Bank.

    The genres represented in this collection include mysteries, such as Death in the Air and The Tuesday Club Murders both by Agatha Christie; romances, such as The Unkissed Bride by Berta Ruck and The Way of Stars by L. Adams Beck; adventures like The Last Continent of Adventure by Walter B. Hayward; young adult books like The Boys' Book of Salvage by David Masters and Wonders of the Ant World by Hanns Heinz Ewers; the classic work Astrology for Everyone by Evangeline Adams; and various collections of plays and other works, some edited by Robert Haven Schauffler.

    The proofs are trimmed, several mounted or tipped onto various colored sheets of paper, while others are loose. The Romance of Forgotten Towns by John T. Faris, which has tears in its corners and soiling, has been backed on card stock. The Smaller Penny by Charles Barry has a diagonal bend across its upper right corner. Death in the Air has faint bleedthrough and wrinkling in its center from mounting glue on its verso. Few works with bleedthrough from the mounting in the borders.

    Wonderfully bright proof prints with light edge wear, few small chips, some corner bends and creases, light foxing, or occasional minor smudges. A very good collection, featuring proofs from one of the great book illustrators of the 1930s.


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