Jan 24, 2013 - Sale 2300

Sale 2300 - Lot 90

Price Realized: $ 2,400
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,000 - $ 1,500
HELEN SEWELL. Langer, Suzanne. The Cruise of the Little Dipper. Mock-up with original illustrations and cut-and-pasted text * First Trade Edition. Together, 2 volumes. Trade has color frontispiece and four color plates and illustrations in pink throughout the text by Sewell; 8vo, gilt-lettered cobalt blue cloth, all edges trimmed and stained mint green; dust jacket, chips along edges and separation along spine panel. Mock-up described below. New York: Norcross, 1923

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a charming and rare artifact of langer and sewell's early careers. The mock-up is same blue cloth and same size, but with no printing on covers; Sewell has painted in rose watercolor or sketched in pencil early versions of the illustrations that would appear on the endpapers and vignettes throughout the book. As compared final version, some images are deleted, placed on other pages, or altered. The text is cut and pasted to leaves in the blank book as are several of the vignettes already printed on glossy stock. In Sewell's or perhaps Langer's hand are title-page and chapter titles and illustration captions in pencil, along with several textual edits. Scattered wear and occasional dampstaining, hinges cracked.
Langer, a pioneering American philosopher and educator, is best known for her widely read book "Philosophy in a New Key" (1942) which became a standard text in most college philosophy classes. The Cruise of the Little Dipper was her first book and the only children's book she wrote. She asked her childhood friend, Helen Sewell, to illustrate the work of fairy tales which touched upon ideas of myth that she would use in her future philosophical explorations. It is considered Sewell's first book as well. She went on to illustrate several Caldecott and Newberry Honor books. This work was reproduced in 1963.