Rockwell, Norman. Norman Rockwell: My Adventures as an Illustrator. Garden City, NY: Doubleday and Co., 1960. First edition, signed by Rockwell. In original dust jacket and boards. Presented in new custom archival green cloth slipcase.
Presented is a signed first edition of Norman Rockwell’s memoirs titled, Norman Rockwell: My Adventures as an Illustrator. Rockwell signed the first free endpage in blue ink reading, “Sincerely Norman Rockwell.” The book is offered in its original dust jacket depicting Rockwell surrounded by some of his most famous illustrations. The book is presented in a custom-made archival green cloth slipcase.
This autobiography tells the story of Rockwell’s career in his own words. Beginning with the struggle to become an artist, the book takes the reader through the successes and failures of the most recognized American artist. It includes tales of conquering his self doubt and anecdotes about his colleagues, art models, and friends.
Norman Rockwell is one of the most famous American artists to date. Throughout his career he was an author, painter, and illustrator known for reflecting American small town culture. His most famous works included covers for the Saturday Evening Post, totaling 322 illustrations for the publisher. Rockwell said, “Without thinking too much about it in specific terms, I was showing the America I knew and observed to others who might not have noticed.” Throughout his career, Rockwell strove to share the small moments of grace, community, and perseverance during economic depravity, war, and civil unrest. During WWII, Rockwell painted four works collectively titled the “Four Freedoms.” They toured across the U.S. raising more than $130,000 for the war effort and gained exceptional popularity.
In the last 10 years of his life, Rockwell left the Saturday Evening Post for another magazine, Look. While illustrating for Look, Rockwell’s work focused more on social issues such as the Vietnam war, poverty, and race. In 1977, one year before his death, Norman Rockwell received the Presidential Medal of Freedom honoring him and his art that had “become part of the beloved American tradition.” Rockwell’s nearly 60 year career illustrated both the “heartwarming and heart-wrenching sides of American life in the 20th century.”
Overall very good condition. Published by Doubleday and Co in 1960. Signed by Rockwell in dark blue ink on the second free end paper. Signature is dark and legible. Internally, the pages are clean and bright. The original dust jacket has some wear and minor creasing on the spine. Otherwise, no notable damage. The book is now housed in an archival custom-built slipcase in matching green cloth, with an inlaid photo of Rockwell in his studio.
Dimensions (with slipcase): 8 7/8"H x 6 5/8"W x 2 1/8"D
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