Friday, May 20, 2016

Daise Terry's Copy of Peter Arno's Sizzling Platter?

Peter Arno's Sizzling Platter (1949)
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Peter Arno's Sizzling Platter (1949) signed and inscribed by Peter Arno
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Bookseller Peter Ellis in the U.K. offers a signed and inscribed copy of Peter Arno's Sizzling Platter (1949), providing a splendid photo of the book although not of the inscription. Still, when asked, the bookseller promptly provided a photo via email. The inscription reads, "Dear Daisy—/With gratitude for/your endless help/Peter Arno." The bookseller notes, "We have been unable to ascertain who the endlessly helpful Daisy might have been." No? Well, that raises an interesting conjecture.

Art editor James Geraghty was hired by the New Yorker in 1939.
—Michael Maslin
Peter Arno: The Mad, Mad World of The New Yorker's Greatest Cartoonist
New York:  Regan Arts, 2016, p. 121

Could this Daisy then be Daise Terry, the New Yorker's office manager? As a liaison between the cartoonists and New Yorker editor Harold Ross, she would certainly qualify as the "endlessly helpful" recipient of Arno's gratitude. We also know that at least some of her library has made its way to the market. We may not be able to say for sure, but it seems tantalizingly probable that Daise Terry is the Daisy we're looking for.

Peter Ellis, Bookseller Abe Books listing. The price is 250 GBP.

Abe Books Item Description

Note:  Santa Lurch? See what cartoonist Charles Addams drew one Christmas for Daise Terry.

Getting enough Peter Arno? Lately, this blog has been wall-to-wall Peter Arno.

Signed books? Yes, signed books are a thing around here this week.


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