BOLDLY INSCRIBED BY DISNEY
(DISNEY, Walt) FEILD, Robert D. The Art of Walt Disney. New York: Macmillan, 1942. Quarto, original cream cloth, original dust jacket.
First edition of this early evaluation of Disney’s art and “culture”—“presumed to lie outside the range of legitimate art criticism”— with 237 images on 59 plates (many in color) showing the development of Disney’s technique and style. Presentation/association copy inscribed by Walt Disney on the dedication page to a long-term Disney employee, “To Carl Nater with all best, Walt Disney.”
Art critic Robert Feild's wrote this book "to present the art of Walt Disney as a growing force in our midst." Formal criticism of cartoon art was so entirely new at the time that "we have no standards by which to judge the art of today, no terminology with which to discuss, for instance, the work of a man like Walt Disney? How is one to write about Walt Disney if his art, which is that of the Animated Sound Picture, is to most people still a mystery while the artist himself is an enigma invariably associated with a Mouse?" Generously illustrated with 237 images on 59 plates, many in color. Recipient Carl Nater joined Disney in 1937 as a messenger boy. He had several jobs around the Studio over the next few years, including Production Coordinator of Military Educational Films during WWII. He started working with educational films in 1944, and in the 1950s headed the Studio’s 16mm division. In 1969, Disney formed the Walt Disney Educational Materials Co., and Nater was named president.
Book fine, dust jacket very nearly so. A lovely copy, very scarce and desirable inscribed and with a nice Disney association.