Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    The Artist's Own Mock-Up, with His Original Pencil Drawings and Original Revised Watercolors

    [Cheloniidae Press]. Alan James Robinson. A Fowl Alphabet, Twenty-six Wood Engravings by Alan James Robinson. [Easthampton, Massachusetts]: Cheloniidae Press, 1986.

    One-of-a-kind publisher's mock-up. With three folders containing the first mock-up of the book, a complete set of original pencil drawings created to guide Suzanne Moore, the calligrapher, and a complete set of new watercolors by Alan James Robinson on special cold-pressed watercolor paper, with corrections and improvements to the original suite. All three folders laid into a custom clamshell box with paper spine label. Also, laid in is a typed letter signed by Robinson detailing his progress on the design of the book. Fine.

    Artist and designer Alan James Robinson worked to continually improve the images and coloring for A Fowl Alphabet, arguably his most successful work. In the enclosed letter to one of his patrons, he explains his progress on the book and he enumerates the contents of this "special." A fascinating look into the evolution of a book.

    Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
    Calculate Standard Domestic Shipping

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    February, 2010
    11th-12th Thursday-Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 822

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 4 days left to consign to the 2019 March 15 Musical Instruments - Dallas!

    Learn about consigning with us

    Heritage has gone above and beyond my expectations in handling all of my transactions in a thoroughly professional manner. I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone worldwide for the exemplary auction and valuation services they provide.
    Richard H.,
    Corsicana, TX
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2019 January 15 "Say it Loud" The John Silverstein Collection of African American Social History - Dallas
    2019 January 15 "Say it Loud" The John Silverstein Collection of African American Social History - Dallas
    REALIZED SO FAR $292,619