Slant Book


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Slant Book


NEWELL, Peter. The Slant Book. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1910. Quarto, original half blue cloth, pictorial boards.

First edition of Newell’s highly creative Slant Book: “This uphill work is slow, indeed, but down the slant…”

This volume breaks with the concept of Newell’s innovative Hole Book (1908), with its narrative verse revolving around a die-cut hole in each illustration. Instead, the entire book is cut on the bias, creating a parallelogram, and the type is set in a back-slanting italic in keeping with the cut of the pages. Technically, “Newell introduced in America the technique of drawing in flat halftone washes developed by the French illustrator Maurice Boutet de Monvel, and, for maximum effect and minimum cost, he planned many of his illustrations to be printed in black-and-white with a single second color each, a practice that later became common” (Silvey, 486). Newell fan, Philip Hofer, characterizes his work as “admirable, all-American slapstick.”

Occasional finger-marks to interior, front inner hinge expertly repaired, boards lightly rubbed, with some loss to extremities. A very good copy of this charming children’s classic.

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