Tuesday, November 17, 2020

June's Copy of The Complete Cartoons of The New Yorker

The Complete Cartoons of The New Yorker was published in 2004. June is a psychotherapist whose copy of the book was signed by four New Yorker cartoonists—Danny Shanahan, Michael Maslin, Liza Donnelly, and Peter Steiner—the first three of whom she was friends with locally. Her copy was offered at auction by Zicorn Arts on October 15 with what proved to be an overly optimistic estimate of $300-$400.

I was curious about where this was signed and who did the lettering "For June." I asked cartoonist Michael Maslin, who wisely conferred with his wife Liza Donnelly before responding:
We probably signed at the Merritt Bookstore in Red Hook (it's no longer there -- it's now a noodle shop). I have a very clear memory of us all sitting there signing a ton of those books. The lettering "For June!" could either be Liza or me -- I just showed it to her and she leaned to it being her. So, a toss-up, but likely her.
There you have it. The book received only a $100 bid and the lot was passed. But that doesn't mean the auction house and bidder didn't come to an agreement after the fact.

The Complete Cartoons of The New Yorker




Note:  Cartoon collections such as this one, signed by several New Yorker cartoonists who each contribute a drawing, are just the sort of books that look great scanned and posted on a blog for all to read. If you've got the book, I've got the blog.


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