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The Simple Life De Gang


Published by Piedmont, California, 1904
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
From White Fox Rare Books, ABAA/ILAB (West Windsor, VT, U.S.A.)

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Oblong, 20 by 27 cm. 14 pp. of ink and watercolor drawings of amusing, preposterous cartoon scenes mostly of family life in a decidedly upper crust, eccentric California family. The artwork resembles the modern cartoonist Roz Chast, whose work regularly appears in The New Yorker. The most striking illustration is a double paged depiction of "Maddie's Birthday Party", which would appear to have been a masquerade party with the guests dressing up as characters mostly from opera and operetta (Tannhauser, The Mikado, Carmen). While the figures in all the drawings have a rough crudity about them, this is also the source of their subversive charm, and the corseted times are upended into something more spontaneous, slapdash and not entirely removed from our more unbuttoned culture. Whether or not the artist was capable of realistic portraiture, she surely knew how to capture movement, and all the drawings convey action and movement very effectively. We may not be privy to the inside jokes at the bottom of the drawings, but it really doesn't matter, as the color, joy and dynamism of the cartoons come together to pull us in. On the cover is written The Century Co., New York, but surely this was the author/artist having a bit of fun, for this is an unpublished manuscript. The title page in facts states a location of Piedmont, which is in the East Bay of San Francisco. The surname of the artist is unknown. Soiling to the cloth cover. Bookseller Inventory # 003076

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Title: The Simple Life De Gang

Publisher: Piedmont, California

Publication Date: 1904

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:Very Good

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Antiquarian books of all kinds, with emphases on color plate books, decorative arts, foreign literature (German, French, Italian, Spanish), children's literature, philosophy, sporting (equine, hunting, shooting).

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