Friday, September 4, 2020

Hugh and John's Copy of Big George by Virgil Partch

A Friend of the Blog continues to point out unique books from the world of cartooning and illustration. Big George is a 1962 collection of newspaper panels by Virgil Partch, or Vip as he liked to call himself. Unusual among the examples of his books we have seen here so far, Hugh and John's copy is signed Vip Partch. He drew an original cartoon in the book, complete with a well-wrought caption. It certainly seems good enough to have been published, perhaps in the Big George strip. Was it?

"To Hugh & John                               
'You've grown a head taller
since I saw you last!'

                                     Vip Partch"

Note:  My thanks to A Friend of the Blog for directing me to these bookseller images. This is my friend's seventh contribution to this blog. I am in seventh heaven.

You too can be a friend of the blog, although you might want to come up with your own unique blog-contributor name. Or you could use your real name, as I do. Personalized books by Virgil Partch are among the rarities eagerly sought here. But feel free to use your imagination.

Readers can also help out by identifying any published Vip cartoon that may match the drawing in this book.

It's probably just a crazy coincidence, but Vip's offhand caption appears almost verbatim in Secrets of a Summer Night (2009), a historical romance that is the first book of the Wallflowers series by Lisa Kleypas. But don't just take my word for it:
On the other hand, the author's website states, "A well-read woman is a dangerous creature." Which leads to the obvious question: Is Lisa Kleypas dangerous enough to have read Virgil Partch?

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