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      Sale 2300 | Lot 278
      Price Realized: $28,800With Buyer's Premium
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      • Sale 2300 Lot 278

        CHARLOTTE'S WEB GARTH WILLIAMS; and ROSEMARY WELLS. Set of 48 proof plates. Illustrated by Williams, watercolored by Wells for the 50th Anniversary Edition of Charlotte's Web, each Signed by Wells and marked "color plate" in pencil, lower portion of illustration or margins. Various sizes, the largest measuring roughly 204x153 mm; 8x6 inches, image, on Winsor & Newton white paper, a few with pin holes at top corners, most with faint pencil numbers in lower corners (which seem to indicate their order of appearance in the book). Accompanied by a remainder First Edition copy of the book, called the Signature Edition with an afterword by Peter F. Neumeyer. 8vo, cloth and boards, worn and scuffed. Title page ink-Signed "color plates - Rosemary Wells" in her hand. New York: Harper Collins, (2002).

        Estimate $25,000 - 35,000

        the 50th anniversary edition color plates of White's beloved children's classic. The publisher approached Wells to re-illustrate the work in color for this anniversary edition with the belief that children's books need to be in color to appeal to a modern audience. She convinced them that Williams's iconic images should not be changed, but rather she would agree to hand-color them "applying a very simple palette befitting the story's setting"--page 216.


        Price Realized (with Buyer's Premium) $28,800

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