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After nearly forty years of collecting, including the contribution of my original collection in 1979 to the Norman Rockwell Museum at Stockbridge that formed the basis for the 1986 catalogue raisonné, Norman Rockwell, A Definitive Catalogue, by Laurie Norton Moffatt (see p. xvii of that volume for the attribution), 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 amount of painstaking research. Rockwell was a notoriously poor record keeper, compounded by a 1943 fire in his Arlington Vermont studio that destroyed most of whatever paperwork he retained. At the time I first became involved, he was still alive but his memory had failed him. Even with the added convenience of the internet, with its comprehensive bookselling sites and eBay, it took nearly thirty years to reproduce a second collection, adding only four additional illustrations. The purpose of this work is to supplement the Catalogue with additional bibliographic information and some additional notes on collectible aspects. I will not reproduce the illustrations but instead refer to them by catalog number. The format is organized chronologically.
Steven Lomazow, M.D. West Orange, New Jersey May 2010
Tell Me Why Stories by Carl H. Claudy.
New York: McBride Nast &Co., 1912 Moffatt B5-B12
First printing November 1912. (left) Second printing July 1913. (center) Lacks blue color highlights on cover Third printing October 1915. Robert M. McBride & Co. Entitled “Tell-MeWhy Stories About Mother Nature”. Text and illustrations are identical to previous 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 in the 1947 Norman Rockwell Illustrator allegedly for a history book was probably never published. 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 1912 Moffatt 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 by Rockwell as well. Rockwell fondly recalled his exploits with Wilson in his 1961 autobiography.
The Boy Scout’s Hike Book by Edward Cave.
Garden City and New York: Doubleday Page & Company, 1913. Moffatt B13-B111
The Boy’s Camp Book by Edward Cave.
Garden City and New York: Doubleday Page & Company, 1914. Moffatt B112-B167
These two non-fiction manuals were illustrated for the Boy Scouts as part of Rockwell’s association with them. They are of special interest to Boy Scout collectors and relatively easy to obtain.
African Game Trails by J. Alden Loring.
New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1914. One illustration by Rockwell (of eight in total) not in Moffatt, opposite page 258.
Trail of the Hawk by Sinclair Lewis.
New York & London: Harper and Brothers, September 1915. Later Grosset and Dunlap reprint edition (right). Moffatt B168
This is the first of the fine frontispiece illustrations for Harper’s by Rockwell and the most highly sought by collectors of twentieth century fiction due to its author, the second book published under his real name. First editions sell for a relatively modest amount but the dust jacket, containing the Rockwell frontispiece illustration is exceedingly rare and valuable.
The Red Arrow by Elmer Russell Gregor.
New York & London: Harper and Brothers, September 1915. Moffatt B170-B173
Jan, a Dog and a Romance by A.J. Dawson.
New York & London: Harper and Brothers, October 1915. Moffatt B169
(10) Danny the Freshman by Walter Camp. New York and London: D. Appleton and Company 1915 Moffatt B174-B177
Interestingly, the front cover illustration is by Rockwell’s soon to be fellow Post artist, J.C. Leyendecker. This is the first association of Rockwell with D. Appleton publishers.
The Barbour Sports Series
Rockwell’s associated with Ralph Henry Barbour and D. Appleton publishers for a series of five sports related works of juvenile fiction, each containing four illustrations, making a very attractive set. By far the hardest to obtain is the last, Keeping his Course, possibly because the illustration was wrongly attributed to Walt Louderback on the title page and the publishers limited circulation. These volumes came in dust jackets, which are quite rare.
(11) The Lucky Seventh by Ralph Henry Barbour. New York and London: D. Appleton and Company, 1915. Moffatt B 182-B185 (12) The Secret Play by Ralph Henry Barbour. New York and London: D. Appleton and Company, 1915. Moffatt B178-B181 (13) The Purple Pennant by Ralph Henry Barbour. New York and London: D. Appleton and Company, 1916. Moffatt B186-B189
(14) A Voice in the Wilderness by Grace Livingston Hill Lutz. New York & London: Harper and Brothers, 1916. Later Grosset and Dunlap reprint edition (dust jacket illustrated). Moffatt B190
Don Strong of the Wolf Patrol by William Heyliger.
New York and London: D. Appleton and Company, 1916. Blue Cloth Second Printing 1919. Red Cloth. Moffatt S274, S255, S261, S275
A reprint of the story originally serialized in Boy’s Life between May 1915 and March 1916. It the last of the fiction books to be acknowledged on the title page with Rockwell’s middle initial on the title page. He soon dropped it from his professional signature (the “P” stood for Perceval, his mother’s maiden name).
(16) This Way to Christmas by Ruth Sawyer. New York and London: Harper and Brothers, October 1916. Moffatt B191
(17) Hitting the Line by Ralph Henry Barbour. New York and London: D. Appleton and Company, 1917. Moffatt B 196-B199 (18) The Plattsburgers by Arthur Stanwood Pier. Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1917. Moffatt S734, S736, S737, S741
A book edition of the story originally serialized (with many additional illustrations) in Youth’s Companion between April 19th and June 21st 1917.
(19) Scott Burton, Forester by Edward G. Cheyney. New York and London: D. Appleton and Company, 1917. Moffatt B192-B195
(20) Scouting With Daniel Boone, by Everett Tomlinson. Garden City and New York: Doubleday Page and Company, 1917 Later Every Boy’s Library Boy Scout Edition (dust jacket illustrated) Moffatt S187, C23, S176, S180, S177, S181, S182, S 183
This story was originally serialized in Boy’s Life between June 1914 and January 1915
(21) Keeping His Course, by Ralph Henry Barbour. New York and London: D. Appleton and Company, 1918. Moffatt B 200-B203 (22) Lads Who Dared by Raymond Comstock. New York and London: G.P Putnam’s Sons, 1918 Frontispiece and illustration opposite page 332 not in Moffatt.
(23) Boy Scouts Courageous edited by Franklin K. Matthews. New York: Barse and Hopkins, 1918 One illustration by Rockwell (opposite page 204) not in Moffatt
(24) Peggy Stewart, Navy Girl at Home by Gabrielle E. Jackson. New York and London: G.P Putnam’s Sons, 1920 Moffatt B205
After this book Rockwell illustrated a few random dust jackets and classic works of Mark Twain and Benjamin Franklin. While he continued to regularly illustrate stories for magazines, until very late in his career his collaborations for books of original fiction were over.