ADDAMS, CHARLES (1912-1988) Dear Dead Days
, 1959. Original drawing for the dust jacket of Dear Dead Days: a family album published New York: Simon & Schuster, (1959). Ink and gouache on Reeve Angel illustration board faced with Whatman paper, signed (l.r.) in drawing, captioned and inscribed at foot "For Margie & Alex [Alexander King] with affection-Chas Addams, New York 1959." 14 1/2 x 11 3/4 inches (36.5 x 30 cm) on sheet 18 1/4 x 14 5/8 inches (46.5 x 38.5 cm), margins with publisher's notations for spine fold, trim etc. Some light stain from old mat, minor defects to edge of board.
This was Charles Addams's sixth book, a compilation of macabre images. The dust jacket design is a splendid evocation of the eponymous family, and was a gift to the artist, memoirist and raconteur Alexander King.
C From the Estate of Alexander King
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