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DISNEY, Walt (inscr.); THOMAS, Bob.

Walt Disney: the Art of Animation.

The story of the Disney Studio contribution to a new art.

New York: Simon and Schuster, 1958 Stock Code: 138684
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Inscribed by Walt Disney with signatures of numerous other key Walt Disney studio figures

First edition, first printing, inscribed by Walt Disney on the verso of the front free endpaper, "To Vita Best Wishes Walt Disney", of one of the pillars of Disney bibliography and the definitive work on Disney animation to that date.

Additionally it is inscribed by Roy Disney and contains the signatures of more than 100 other people in the Walt Disney Studio, including seven of "The Nine Old Men" who were the key animators of the studio, this copy with the signatures of Eric Larson, Frank Thomas, Milt Kahl, Ollie Johnston, Marc Davis, and Woolie Reitherman. The signatures range from the studio nurse to directors of animation. This book seems to have been given as a retirement or going away gift from the studio to Vita Victoria, whom worked in the ink and paint department, which was at the time where the majority of women worked in animation. Some artists referred to it as the "Finishing School" of hand-drawn animation. The paint and ink department was responsible for transferring drawings onto celluloids and giving them colour before being sent off to be photographed. A wonderful title which illustrates the family atmosphere the studio was noted for. Truly an exceptional Disneyana piece.

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Quarto. Original illustrated printed boards, grey cloth spine, illustrated endpapers. With dust jacket. Housed in a black flat back cloth solander box with Mickey Mouse blocked to front.


Illustrations and photographs in colour and black and white throughout.


Mild bumping to corners, minor nick to tail of spine. An excellent copy in bright jacket with chipped and creased extremities, lightly stained rear panel, and a touch of foxing to flaps.


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