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Gillett Good Griffin
Griffin, Gillett. A MOUSE'S TALE. Dedication Copy 1951 AIGA. Yale Artist's Book
New Haven: Privately Printed; Yale Dissertation, 1951. Griffin, Gillett Good. A MOUSE'S TAIL. Oblong 8vo cloth, paper spine label. [5.75" x 6.5"] [New Haven: Privately Printed / Yale Dissertation, 1951]. The spine is a trifle faded, otherwise this is a fine copy of a rare and important early artist's book. Griffin (1928-1986) earned his BFA from Yale in 1951. His studies at Yale included a project to write, illustrate, and print his first children's book, entitled A Mouse's Tale, which received an award as part of the 1951 American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) annual "50 Best-Designed Books" competition. It was published as a trade edition the following year. In 1952 Griffin also became curator of Princeton University's Graphic Arts Collection in the Firestone Library. Apart from a stint in the late '50s designing books for Princeton University Press, Griffin remained graphic arts curator until 1966, when he traveled to Mexico to pursue his interests in pre-Columbian art. He returned to Princeton in 1967 in a new role as curator of pre-Columbian and primitive art at the Princeton University Art Museum. In addition to his long career as a curator and teacher at Princeton, Griffin continued as an artist and art collector. The illustrations appear to be hand colored, but it is unclear whether the illustrations and the dedication to Yale Librarian James T. Babb on the last page were penned on a plate or in this book alone. In any event, this is a dedication or presentation copy and a wonderful Yale association. Griffin drew and then cut a doorway on the recto of the page op … [Click Below for Full Description]
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