Closeout Price! Signed & numbered slipcase edition, 250. Our Highest Recommendation. By Denis Kitchen and Violet Kitchen. Very limited availability–possibly only available from the publisher and ourselves. Special slipcased edition with an embedded removable magnifying lens, a 24-page Happychaps booklet with 4 installments from 1908, a 3D Road to Wealth print w/glasses & sticker. Famed artist and publisher Denis Kitchen and his daughter Violet Kitchen have created the first-ever comprehensive examination of this great artist, while collecting an amazing array of 300 generally scarce images. Beehive, 2019. Condition: Note: Outer cardboard box has slight bump.
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Very limited availability–possibly only available from the publisher and ourselves. Special slipcased edition with an embedded removable magnifying lens, a 24-page Happychaps booklet with 4 installments from 1908, a 3D Road to Wealth print w/glasses & sticker. Famed artist and publisher Denis Kitchen and his daughter Violet Kitchen have created the first-ever comprehensive examination of this great artist, while collecting an amazing array of 300 generally scarce images.
Note: The publisher was initially going to sell these deluxe editions exclusively. But we worked hard and took a smaller discount in order to make copies available to our customers. We don’t know how many we can get before he may stop offering them to us, FYI. Also: When our shipment arrived the cardboard box enclosing virtually every book was bumped on the corners. If a box has printing and/or art, even if it is just a cardboard container like this, we consider it part of the book and we try to send it to you unblemished. That’s not always possible, as proved this time.
We contacted the publisher and he told us that he meant this box to be the shipping container. He himself is putting a label on the box and sending it as is. He has no replacement boxes, just box one per book. He just got fancy and printed a nicely designed box, otherwise it would just be an ordinary cardboard box. And it protects the book perfectly, each one is perfect. Lastly, we are often more fussy than the average costumer, who may very well take the book out of the box and toss it. Thanks for your understanding.
Harrison Cady (1877–1970) was one of the definitive magazine illustrators and cartoon artists of the first half of the 20th century. He created countless overflowing worlds of anthropomorphic lives: the Peter Rabbit Sunday page, the Happy Chaps for St. Nicholas magazine, and illustrations that brought to life dozens of the Thornton Burgess books, filled with talking woodland animals and beloved by readers.
His work was translated into jigsaw puzzles, cans, games, and comic books, among many other forms.
Each drawing was bustling with life and energy and detail and chaos…of bugs and critters! Each character came armed with its own distinct personality and a sense of humor that projected off the page. He especially loved small animals and insects, spawning and exploring vast eco-systems of creeping crawlers with human affectations: beetle ballerinas, ladybugs in spats and umbrellas, fiddle-playing mosquitoes.
A committed political progressive, Cady frequently made cartoons about women’s suffrage, injustice and the exploitation of the working classes. In his long and productive career, he laid an endless array of visual feasts out for the eyes of readers and art-appreciators all over the world.
But, as is too often the case with illustrators and cartoon artists, his work faded from memory very quickly once his career ended. Though there remains a loyal cadre of fans and collectors, trading old tear-sheets and weathered magazine clippings, his name is largely unknown by modern lovers of illustration, cartooning and graphic art.
With luscious, 100lb uncoated cotton paper and the inimitable design work of Paul Kepple and Headcase Design (who also designed The Temple of Silence), Madness in Crowds is a rare collectible tome fit for reading, treasuring, and passing down to future generations as part of a carefully curated library.
Beehive Books specializes in luxurious, large-format, cloth-bound hardcovers overflowing with impossibly beautiful artwork, and Madness in Crowds promises to be their most ambitious yet.
This is the second entry in their continuing line of oversized art book biographies of forgotten masters of comics, fine art and illustration, following this year’s The Temple of Silence: Forgotten Works & Worlds of Herbert Crowley.
Bud here: I’ve always been a huge fan of Cady’s work. I actually featured two images I fished out of old St. Nicholas issues on the covers of one of my first catalogs in 1971. Amazingly, years later I found and bought the original art for those one of these illustrations. I have actively looked for Cady’s original books for decades and still keep finding vintage works I’ve never before seen.
The much-famed Denis Kitchen is also a big fan—small surprise—and has put several years of research and collecting into the first, definitive book on this wonderful illustrator. Denis’ daughter Violet (aka Alexa, who wrote her own how-to draw book when she was just seven years old; she’s now 22) read everything available on Cady, and added depth and detail as the co-author. This volume is extraordinary: large size, packed with art in b&w and full color, boasting yet more images that I’ve never seen before, dating clear back to his earliest work.
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