Sunday, January 7, 2018

Nickolas Muray's Copy of The Prince of Wales and Other Famous Americans by Miguel Covarrubias

Just sold at auction this past fall by Lion Heart Autographs is a signed copy of The Prince of Wales and Other Famous Americans. The book, published in 1925, was inscribed in Spanish by author Miguel Covarrubias to photographer and soon-to-be U.S. Olympic fencer Nickolas Muray in the year following publication. The book includes an original caricature self-portrait of a bearded Covarrubias with an owlish eye.

The Prince of Wales and Other Famous Americans, 1925
Inscribed "Para Nickolas Murray [sic]
de su amigo y  
Miguel Covarrubias
N.Y. May 10, 1926" with an apparent self-portrait

Miguel Covarrubias
eBay Listing Ended October 25, 2017

Miguel Covarrubias
eBay Item Description

Miguel Covarrubias
eBay Bid History
Two bidders duke it out in hundred-dollar bid increments.

Note: Despite my apparent worldliness, I am unable to find a translation for matezón.

January 13, 2018 Update:
Cartoonist Felipe Galindo tells me Covarrubias has coined the word cuatezón, not matezón, which can be translated as a superlative for pal.

Attempted Bloggery is quietly building a virtual collection of signed, inscribed, and ideally drawn-in books by leading cartoonists and caricaturists such as the great Miguel Covarrubias. Let's see if anyone notices. I also seek scanned or photographed images of original works of art by Covarrubias as well as lesser-known published works hidden away in obscure periodicals.

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