INSCRIBED BY NEW YORKER CARTOONIST CHAS ADDAMS TO KITTY CARLISLE WITH AN ORIGINAL SKETCH BY HIM
ADDAMS, Chas. Drawn and Quartered. The Return of a Classic. New York: Simon and Schuster, (1962). Quarto, original half purple cloth, original dust jacket. $2500.
Later edition of this collection of beloved cartoons, inscribed to actress Kitty Carlisle Hart under her real name: “For Cathy with all best Chas Addams 1965,” with an original sketch of a long-haired woman.
Creator of the Addams family, Charles "Chas" Addams began his career as a magazine cartoonist for publications including Collier's, TV Guide, and, most often, The New Yorker. It was in those cartoons, 115 of which are collected here, that recurring characters such as Morticia Addams were created. Just one year after this book was inscribed, The Addams Family premiered on ABC, running until 1966 and reappearing in various television and movie incarnations thereafter. The first edition was published in 1942. This copy was inscribed to Kitty Carlisle, whose real name was "Catherine Conn" or "Cathy." Carlisle appeared in films with Bing Crosby and the Marx Brothers in the 1930s, later became best known for her appearances as a panelist on the TV game shows What's My Line? and To Tell the Truth.
Book near-fine, with light soiling to boards. Dust jacket very good, with a spot of sticker residue to one flap and a bit of wear to extremities. A wonderful inscribed copy, scarce with original sketch.