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GOODALL, John Strickland.

Manuscript maquette for Creepy Castle.

Together with a smaller manuscript book proposal and the US first edition.

Published: London: Macmillan, 1975

Stock code: 98985

Price: £9,750

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The original manuscript maquette of Goodall’s wordless picture book, Creepy Castle, which would be published in 1975 by Macmillan in London and Atheneum in New York. While the published book conveys Goodall (1908–1996)’s inventive approach to the picture book format, it fails to fully transmit the delicate lines and colouring of the artist’s lively illustrations, as evident in the current manuscript.

2 pen and watercolour manuscripts, 1 oblong octavo (190 x 140 mm) and 1 square octavo (135 x 126 mm). Volume I: loose gatherings with illustrated wrappers, 15 double page drawings (368 x 134 mm), of which all but one feature a flap which changes the scene, and 2 single page drawings (182 x 134 mm). Volume II: bound with illustrated self-wrappers, 4 double page drawings (253 x 134 mm), one of which features 3 flaps that change the scene. Together with a copy of the US first edition of the completed book in the original pink boards and pictorial dust jacket. Housed in a red quarter morocco solander box by the Chelsea Bindery. Extremities slightly rubbed and bumped, a few small nicks and light creases to wrappers of Volume I. An excellent set with bright and crisp watercolour drawings.

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