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Lot #888
Preston Blair: Collection of (5) Animation Books with Printers Proofs

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Collection of five softcover animation books by Preston Blair, highlighted by a rare first edition of Advanced Animation, 40 pages, 10.25 x 13.75, published by Walter T. Foster in 1947 and now widely considered to be the most important animation book ever created. Also included: two 1980 editions of Blair’s How to Animate Film Cartoons, both 38 pages, 10.25 x 13.75, with one signed on the front cover in blue ink by Blair, who signs and inscribes the first page, “To Ramsay & Mary Harris, Preston Blair,” and who makes a couple of handwritten corrections to pages 20 and 21, “Arrangement for Drama” and “1st Edition mistake”; and two 1985 editions of Blair’s Animation, both 40 pages, 10.25 x 13.75, which are accompanied by three oversized printers page proofs for Animation, ranging in size from 42.5 x 28.5 and 21.25 x 28.5, which contain proof text and imagery for pages 2, 3, 6, 7, 9-32, 34, 35, 38, and 39. In overall very good to fine condition, with Advanced Animation bearing a tape-repaired spine, and all books showing wear to edges and covers, which includes some creases and stains to inner pages; the proofs are rolled and contain noticeable staining, as well as tears and paper loss to edges.

From The Ramsay Harris Collection.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts Featuring Animation
  • Dates: #668 - Ended June 14, 2023