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Monday's Cat
Wraps, a Spiral, and a Custom-made Quarter Morocco Slipcase for both items. Very Good. An unpublished manuscript by the popular juvenile dog and cat illustrator Diana Thorne. N.d., circa 1940. It is unclear why this work would not have been published. There is an illegible pencil note that may be saying, "Very rough", and so it is possible the publisher was not thrilled with its verses, and this might have been enough to discourage Thorne, who clearly was never short of viable projects, since she was a most prolific of animal illustrators, both for books and magazines as well as private commissions. In this anthology, there is short light verse for each day of the week, describing a different cat, who is pictured on the facing page. In the spiral notebook all the verses are typed, while in a second wrapped bound booklet the photos are mostly worked out while only one verse, Monday's, is in what appears a proposed ornamental handwriting, and two other days have the typed versed pasted in, with additional illustrations underneath these three. The work was one in progress and not completed in full, but the primary illustrations of animals are all present and if not in what would have been their final form, close to that. Thorne was a master of capturing animal movement and personality, and here she lives up to her reputation.
      [Bookseller: White Fox Rare Books and Antiques]
Last Found On: 2014-10-02           Check availability:      Biblio    

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