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The Early Book Illustrations of Norman Rockwell

The Early Book Illustrations of Norman Rockwell

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The Early Book Illustrations of Norman RockwellBy Steven Lomazow, M.D.
After nearly forty years of collecting, including the contribution of my originalcollection in 1979 to the Norman Rockwell Museum at Stockbridge that formedthe basis for the 1986 catalogue raisonné,
Norman Rockwell, A DefinitiveCatalogue
, by Laurie Norton Moffatt (see p. xvii of that volume for theattribution), I can now state with reasonable surety that
the entirety of Rockwell’s
contributions to books in the first ten years of his career have been identified.The initial task of accumulating a comprehensive list involved a tortuous amountof painstaking research. Rockwell was a notoriously poor record keeper,compounded by a 1943 fire in his Arlington Vermont studio that destroyed mostof whatever paperwork he retained. At the time I first became involved, he wasstill alive but his memory had failed him. Even with the added convenience of theinternet, with its comprehensive bookselling sites and eBay, it took nearly thirtyyears to reproduce a second collection, adding only four additional illustrations.The purpose of this work is to supplement the Catalogue with additionalbibliographic information and some additional notes on collectible aspects. I willnot reproduce the illustrations but instead refer to them by catalog number.The format is organized chronologically.Steven Lomazow, M.D.West Orange, New JerseyMay 2010
Tell Me Why Stories
by Carl H. Claudy.New York: McBride Nast &Co., 1912Moffatt B5-B12First printing November 1912. (left)Second printing July 1913. (center) Lacks blue color highlights on coverThird printing October 1915. Robert M. McBride & Co.
Entitled “Tell
Why Stories About Mother Nature”. Text and illustrations
are identical toprevious printings. Slightly smaller (6 x 8 3/8 as opposed to 6 ¼ x 9 ¼).
This is Rockwell’s first published work.
The illustration signed 1911 (Moffatt M1) cited inthe 1947
Norman Rockwell Illustrator 
allegedly for a history book was probably neverpublished. Copies are scarce and usually sell between $300 and $600
The Maid of Middies’ Haven
by Gabrielle E. Jackson.New York: McBride Nast & Co., December 1912Moffatt B1-B5
This is among the hardest to find of the early books. Rare.
Tad Sheldon’s Fourth of July
by John Fleming Wilson.New York: Sturgis and Walton, October 1913.Reprinted 1919: McMillan and Company.Moffatt B204, S96, S115, S120
Quite rare. Three of the four illustrations had been used for earlier stories in
Boys’ Life
.Rockwell had assumed the art editorship in 1913. The hats on the cover appear to be byRockwell as well. Rockwell fondly recalled his exploits with Wilson in his 1961autobiography.

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