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October 26, 2007

Illustrated by Tom Lea

32. CATLIN, George. Westward Bound a Hundred Years Ago. Sketches by Tom Lea. The Pass of the North: [Carl Hertzog], 1939. [6], 10, [2 colophon] pp. (printed on rectos only), text illustrations by Lea. 4to (27 x 21 cm), original grey paper over yellow printed boards. Very fine in pristine glassine wrapper.

            First edition, limited edition (#28 of 115 numbered, signed copies), the knife-edge spine, with “A Hundred Years Ago” printed on upper board. Designed and illustrated by Tom Lea. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Lea) 115. Hinshaw & Lovelace, Lea 32. Lowman, Printer at the Pass 11: “One night while reading Catlin’s Letters and Notes on the Manners, Customs and Conditions of the North American Indian, Tom Lea came upon a page that struck him as particularly lyric. ‘Every paragraph asked its own page and every page its own picture.’ The result was this volume. To save money at the time of issue, only 57 books were bound (with a knife-edge spine).” A rarity of both artist Tom Lea and master printer Carl Hertzog, and a harmonious blending of their unique talents, which resulted in works of superb design and quality. Tom Lea (1907-2001), who served as a World War II correspondent, was a well-known historian, novelist, illustrator, and Texas artist. He generally worked in isolation in El Paso, Texas. ($750-1,500)

Sold. Hammer: $2,400.00; Price Realized: $2,820.00

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