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RICHARD TAYLOR. Contest submission with over 80 original drawings for The Limited Editions Club. 80 pen, ink, and wash drawings for Anatole France's Penguin Island on paper mounted or tipped to 45 green stiff paper sheets, one or two images to a page. Single images measure 343x248 mm; 13 1/2x9 1/2 inches, smaller images measure 140x248 mm; 5 1/2x9 3/4 inches, loose as issued in Taylor's own portfolio with cover label. All signed or initialed in ink. Original contest prospectus laid in. New York, 1932-33.
A fascinating look into how artists submitted their designs for the famed publisher of subscription illustrated books, The Limited Editions Club. A look through Taylor's proposed illustrations, including racy nuns, partying monks, much nudity, and a smattering of sex and violence explains why the highly accomplished but much too naughty nature of these images was not suitable for the staid publisher. It was never accepted.