SEUSS, DR.. (SEUSS,DR.)illus. ORIGINAL ART: KING'S STILTS. THIS IS THE ORIGINAL ARTWORK USED IN SEUSS'S SECOND CHILDREN'S BOOK THE KING'S STILTS! The image measures 9.25 high x 14.25", executed in carbon pencil, India ink wash and white guache on illustration board, signed lower left (after publication). It is in fine condition, matted and framed. The image illustrates the moment when Eric (the Everyboy of the story) reluctantly digs a hole and buries the King's beloved stilts on the orders of the solemn and self important Lord Droon (it appears about halfway through the book). Since very few published published pieces of Seuss's art from his children's books have ever been available for sale, this is indeed a rarity. The drawings for this book were reproduced by drop-out halftone and the edges of the light greys came out somewhat raggedy in the first edition. Sometime down the line when the printers went to re-photograph the original art to improve upon this raggedy quality they discovered that Seuss had given away this original. Having lost contact with the recipient Geisel drew another picture for later editions which differ slightly from this original. (Inventory #: 29446)
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