A Birthday Book by Rockwell Kent - Signed & Numbered



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One of Rockwell Kent's most beautiful books; written, illustrated and designed by Kent at the peak of his career.

Kent both wrote and illustrated this captivating story. The narrative, bearing very faint similarities to Sleeping Beauty, is written as a bittersweet tug-of-war between two fairies, kind and malicious, who bestow a series of alternating gifts upon a little girl.

The final page reveals the child's identity... and the name is left blank for the giver to fill in the name of the recipient.

A beautiful birthday gift.

Beautifully produced, it states, "1850 copies of this book have been made by Pynson Printers."

Printed only on the rectos of the untrimmed pages. Silk endpapers. Two colors lithographed on cloth over boards.

From Wikipedia: "Elmer Adler's Pynson Printers, on West 43rd Street, was one of the great American printing houses of the 1920s and 1930s. Elmer's goal was to create spectacular books using traditional craftsmanship, regardless of cost. He was happy to declare that Pynson Printers charged more than any other print shop and never made a profit. Elmer created limited edition books for Alfred A. Knopf, Random House, and others."


Rockwell Kent

Condition & Attributes

Near Fine (a bit of darkening to top edge of cloth, a bit of age toning, internally Fine) in the Very Good+ plastic dustjacket (plastic has turned brown and shrunk from age)
One of 1850 numbered copies signed by Kent



Publishing Information

New York
Random House

Physical Description

10.2 inches
7.2 inches
46 pages
20 full-page two-color illustrations
Two-color lithographed cloth over boards