Original artwork for Bambi sticker book.
[Together with:] Aschenbrödel Bambi. Zwei Walt Disney-Filme in Bildern. [Cinderella Bambi. Two Walt Disney movies in pictures.]Berne : [c.1950] Stock Code: 137327
NotesA remarkable and unique collection of original gouache designs by illustrator Alexis Oussenko. These designs depict Disney's Bambi and were produced for a Bambi and Cinderella sticker book published as a collectible album by the Swiss chocolate company Tobler in French, German, and Italian. The 32 designs collected here are mounted in the final page layout with the copyright initials "W. D. P." (Walt Disney Production) in pencil below each image, and have the page number and a second note of the Walt Disney Copyright in manuscript to the reverse. Bambi was first released in the US in 1942 and was released in German-speaking Switzerland in March 1944, in Italy in February 1948, and in France in April 1948. It was based on the Austrian work by Felix Salten Bambi: Eine Lebensgeschichte aus dem Walde (1923). Cinderella was not released in the US or Europe until 1950. The book retells the stories of the two films with spaces left on each page for the stickers to be added. The two copies present here, the French and German issues, have been neatly completed.
32 original designs in gouache on artist's board (sized either 280 x 240 mm or 210 x 180 mm) mounted with tape in their page layout with cellophane guards across 23 grey boards (440 x 320 mm). Production and layout markings in ink and pencil and 3 stamps, including a postal customs stamp of the Main Customs Office Stuttgart to reverse of boards. [Together with the French and German edition:] 2 volumes, octavo. Original grey cloth and blue boards, titles to spine in red, Mickey Mouse motif in red to covers. All housed in a black cloth solander box.
7 paintings unattached from mounts with a little tape residue to edges; images bright and clear. [Text volumes:] Slight wear to cloth at extremities, a couple of marks to covers; both copies in very good condition.
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