First edition of Norman Rockwell: Artist and Illustrator by Thomas S. Buechner, signed by Norman Rockwell.
Folio, 328pp. Red cloth, title in gilt on spine. No additional printings listed on copyright page. Solid text block, faint foxing to fore edge, dust remnants to top and bottom edges, with hundreds of vibrant images and fold-outs. In publisher’s dust jacket, with 7 additional works by Abrams listed on rear flap, slight crease to rear flap fold, a clean, near fine example. Housed in publisher’s original box, with some toning, dust remnants and wear at edges. Signed by Rockwell on front free endpaper. A stunning, near fine copy chronicling Rockwell’s work throughout his life.
Norman Rockwell (1894-1978) was a famous American painter and illustrator. He was best known for his depictions of American culture, especially figures like Willie Gillis and Rosie the Riveter, as seen on the covers of The Saturday Evening Post. He produced over 4,000 original pieces throughout his life, covering pop culture, political figures, traditional American life, and later on more serious topics like racial integration with the painting The Problem We All Live With.