Thursday, March 7, 2019

Erica's Copy of Cecily G. and the 9 Monkeys by H. A. Rey

Cecily G. and the 9 Monkeys (1939) by H. A. Rey represents the first appearance in print of the monkey today known as Curious George. A delightful copy of the fourteenth printing of the American edition (1942) signed and inscribed by the author with a  pen and color pencil drawing of a giraffe failed to find a buyer at Bonhams New York last year. Possibly the robust $2,000 to $3,000 auction estimate kept otherwise-interested bidders away. The drawing is inscribed "To Erica." The German-born H. A. Rey started to use the German spelling Erika before attempting to turn the k into a c.
Inscribed "To Erica/with best wishes/H. A. Rey"
with a drawing of a giraffe

H. A. Rey
Bonhams Sale December 5, 2018
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