Title: SUMMER STREET (True 1st Edition Juvenile ...
Publisher: Ballantine, New York
Publication Date: 1953
Illustrator: Robert Maguire
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: First Edition
Ellson, Hal. SUMMER STREET. NY: Ballantine, 1953. First Edition, a Paperback Original, published simultaneously as a PBO and a hardcover (although the hardback has a very plain cover and is generally considered less desirable). This copy has some general light wear and creasing (especially to the back cover) but overall it is square and without serious flaw. It has been SIGNED BY THE COVER ARTIST. This typically well executed cover art was done by the greatest Good Girl Art paperback illustrator of his generation, Robert A. Maguire. Despite Maguire (1921-2005) having illustrated hundreds of covers, there exist only a handful of printed books which he has actually signed. Paperbacks from the classic era 1939-1965, especially those featuring mystery or detective art, were sold based in large part by the allure of the cover artist's work. Maguire's original paintings run in the multi-thousands of dollars thus books he signed are a nice substitute in a still-modest price range. What is generally true of all the great cover artists of the post-war period is that they simply didn't sign their books thus these "art" artifacts have a rarity and desirability that the collecting public has yet to discover, an area of great appeal and promise. This copy, an example of the ever popular JD genre, is signed on the title "Bob Maguire." We currently have a couple of other choice inscribed Maguires acquired from collectors who were lucky enough to be at the few Paperback Fairs he attended before his death. Please check our other (few) similar listings. Bookseller Inventory # 001379
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