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ORIGINAL AND PRELIMINARY ILLUSTRATIONS FOR "THE PEDESTRIAN
N.p. : S.i., [1964]. Two original illustrations, rendered in pen & ink and gouache on paper, measuring 7 7/8" x 6 1/8" and 8" x 6" respectively. Light wear to extremities, several old tape marks to verso; Near Fine, showing no discernable flaws to image area. Variant illustration tastefully and archivally matted. Offered together with a Fine First Edition of William F. Nolan's Nolan On Bradbury: Sixty Years of Writing about the Master of Science Fiction (Hippocampus Press, 2013). Original (variant) and preliminary illustration created by Mugnaini for the limited edition chapbook of Bradbury's classic tale The Pedestrian, published by Roy Squires in 1964 (280 copies). Undoubtedly Mugnaini's original concept for the chapbook's interior illustration, evidenced by a preliminary sketch which was also preserved by Bradbury. Differing in mood from his illustration of the story in The Golden Apples of the Sun, here Mugnaini creates a more suitable landscape for Bradbury's brief glimpse into a bleak dystopian future. Unknown until their inclusion in Bradbury: An Illustrated Life (2002), both drawings remained in the author's personal collection for the rest of his life. Nearly 50 years later, William F. Nolan chose the variant illustration as the cover art for his book Nolan On Bradbury, a homage to his life-long friend and colleague. The Pedestrian, originally published in The Reporter magazine in 1951, is one of Bradbury's most enduring stories. He chose it as the one representational example of his work to be included in Timeless Stories of Today and Tomorrow (Bantam Books, 1952), for which he served as editor. In subsequent years it has been reprinted in numerous genre anthologies, digests and magazines. Clearly one of Bradbury's personal favorites, he would adapt it for the stage (The Pedestrian - A Fantasy in One Act. Samuel French, 1966) and later for television (The Ray Bradbury Theatre in 1989). Perhaps the reason the story still resonates with readers is best explained by Bradbury in his introduction to his collection Bradbury Stories: 100 of His Most Celebrated Tales (2005): "The Pedestrian was a precursor to Fahrenheit 451...a few months later I took that pedestrian for a walk in the night, had him turn a corner and meet a young girl named Clarisse McClellan. Nine days later, Fahrenheit 451 was born as a short novella called The Fireman." Provenance: From the Estate of Ray Bradbury and the author's personal collection.
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