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Publication Date: 1969
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DUVOISIN, Roger. GROUP OF FIVE AUTOGRAPH LETTERS SIGNED, BY CALDECOTT AWARD-WINNING ILLUSTRATOR ROGER DUVOISIN, TO CHILDREN'S BOOK AUTHOR ALVIN TRESSELT, ABOUT THEIR COLLABORATION ON 'THE BEAVER POND.'. - ALS, two quarto pages on unlined paper (circa 55 lines), [Gladstone, NJ], May 5, 1969. The letter, to "Dear Alvin," begins: "There is much unfinished work laying on my table that I had to let my mail wait patiently in one corner, neatly piled in a box. Lily told me last Friday that she had asked you to correct a few things but she did not explain. She liked your story very much. Your corrected story, which I received on Saturday, proves that you are good, modest, obedient author! It seems that Lily wanted to bring in the dangerous side of beaver life. Here I have to ask you to clarify something which is not to clear to me " [he goes on to ask specific questions about the wording and placement of specific passages of text from the book]. The rest is very clear. Your story is quite fine; it brings out well and poetically the rhythm of life around a new pond He continues with discussions of their forthcoming meeting, his desire to do a "Museum of Natural History sort of book," personal matters, travel details, etc., "With best regards to Blossom, Cordially, [signed] Roger." - ALS, four quarto pages on unlined paper (circa 105 lines), [Gladstone, NJ], October 17, 1969. The letter, to "Dear Alvin begins: "A couple of weeks after we returned from Europe I plunged into the beaver pond but, unfortunately, I found the going difficult at first. The reason: Cost. As an editor you will appreciate this! The sort of book I had planned to do had 4 colors, process, on both sides of the sheet, ALL double spreads, size 8 x 10- a good, flexible size. I started happily on that gorgeous project. Pretty naïve. Stu Bermich [spelling?] stopped me with a cold shower [followed by details regarding the cost of various proposed format, size and color changes]. Duvoisin continues: "Those pages must express the changes of colors in the various seasons and must all be in 4 colors. Furthermore children, in my experience, are disturbed by the changes from color to black and vice versa. This breaks the smooth development of the story." He goes on to detail his negotiations with the publisher and editor, and necessary changes to the format and color layout. "The problem is that I would like to have only two lines under the double spreads to leave much space for the paintings and this would require some tiny changes in your text. Duvoisin continues the letter with two full pages, going into great detail, regarding specific changes to text and layout of the book: "I hope you will forgive me for suggesting the following changes [quoting portions of text, with suggested changes to layout (and wording), allowing for his desired illustrations], with additional notations in Duvoisin's pencil holograph. "The rest works out very well. Your story if very , very fine and I think the finished book will be quite interesting. Too bad however that we can't have 16 double spreads. Inflation. I hope all is well with you and the family. Please give my best regards to Blossom, and my best to you too, [signed] Roger."- ALS, one quarto page on unlined paper (circa 22 lines), [Gladstone, NJ], November 3, 1969. The letter, to "Dear Author," begins: "Thanks for obligingly going along with my layout. It helps a lot. Do not worry, there will be plenty of room for that nice line " [he continues with additional details about word choice and illustrations, etc.] Love to you and Blossom, [signed] Roger" [followed by a two line postscript].- ALS, two quarto pages on unlined paper (circa 26 lines), [Gladstone, NJ], April 24, 1972. The letter, to "Dear Alvin," discusses original art work for 'Hide and Seek Fog' and Duvoisin's desire for Tresselt to have one of the original gouaches (with details about content of particular drawings), "My very best wishes and our love to you and your family, Bookseller Inventory # 63508

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