Monday, February 17, 2014

George Price: Drawn at Your Own Risk

It's rare for cartoonist George Price to have added an original illustration to a signed copy of one of his books. This copy of Browse at Your Own Risk (1977) is the first time I've seen him do it, in fact. The drawing of a man's head show's Price's asymmetric eye technique, which makes his characters appear confused or eccentric. The dealer's price, over $700 even with a discount, is on the high side given that at least some of the artist's published magazine drawings have sold for much less than that, as we have seen.

George Price, presentation drawing of a man's head
Inscribed "A merry Christmas/and all best wishes/for the New Year/
to James Snowfield/Geo. Price/Dec. 12 '80"
in Browse at Your Own Risk, New York:  Simon & Schuster, 1977

George Price, Browse at Your Own Risk, New York:  Simon & Schuster, 1977

Note:  Let me explain how this is supposed to work. When you see me write something like "I've never seen an original George Price drawing in one of his books before" that's your cue to chime in with something like "Oh, I've got one too. Would you like to see it?" Or perhaps you'll say "Well, I don't have one of those, but I have something even better by another New Yorker cartoonist. Would you like to see that?" The answer is yes, by the way.

In the meantime, this blog's collected George Price posts may be seen here.

Other signed books with original drawings in them are located here.


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