Jan 24, 2013 - Sale 2300

Sale 2300 - Lot 237

Price Realized: $ 2,160
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,500 - $ 2,500
MAUD AND MISKA PETERSHAM. Get-a-way and Háry János.
22 preliminary pencil drawings (mostly on tracing paper) with some watercolor; and an incomplete set of color and black-and-white page proofs (some in blue only) marked in pencil "My first copy." Various sizes. Some marginal tears and other wear. New York: The Viking Press, 1933.

Additional Details

The story describes how a worn-out horse and damaged wooden soldier go to the land where old toys are repaired. Margery Williams Bianco, who wrote The Velveteen Rabbit, was especially fond of this picture book. Háry János is a Hungarian folk character, a boastful ex-hassar in the Austrian army in the tradition of Baron Munchausen. These studies for arguably the Petershams' masterpiece are mostly of folk toys they collected from around the world. One sketch is of Carlo Collodi's Pinocchio, who does not appear in the finished book. The popular husband and wife team won the prestigious Caldecott Medal in 1946. Webster pp. 96-97.