Four printer's color proof sheets for Berta and Elmer Hader's THE RUNAWAYS, an engaging example of how a picture book comes together for publication.
Near fine overall.
"Ideas for their books came from many places, but many stories were rooted in Willow Hill." – Joy Hoerner Rich
These four proofs represent the cover and first gatherings of THE RUNAWAYS. The lively illustrations reveal a sense of the plot: a bulldozer forces animals (including opossums, skunks, raccoons, and a variety of birds) to flee their forest home and seek shelter on a farm. Many of the Haders' books in this period featured conservationist themes and were often based in the scenery around their little stone house on Willow Hill, which was just outside New York City. These proofs demonstrate an important part of the editing process: the review and reorganization of illustrations. These textless sheets place an emphasis on the illustrations, allowing the Haders to give feedback on their color and print quality. Comparing the changes across the four sheets is a thought-provoking bibliographical exercise, allowing a peek into the Haders' and the publisher's book-making processes.
Read more: Joy Hoerner Rich, Berta and Elmer Hader: A Lifetime of Art, page 74.
n.p. n.p, 1956. 23'' x 35'' (unrolled). Four rolled sheets of color illustrations, two copies of each layout. Two sheets stamped in margin "JUN 5 1956," two stamped in margin "JUN 6 1956." With loose note in pencil "The Runaways / 2 perfect proofs / 2 cut proofs" likely in one of the Haders' handwriting. Two proofs with sections neatly excised as part of the editing process. Sheets with a touch of edgewear; one with mild toning to one end. Bright.
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