"I THINK YOU AND SNOOPY WOULD DO WELL AS A TEAM IN AN OLYMPIC CHARIOT RACE": PEANUTS JUBILEE, PRESENTATION FIRST EDITION WONDERFULLY INSCRIBED WITH LARGE ORIGINAL SKETCH OF SNOOPY BY SCHULZ TO CHARLTON HESTON
SCHULZ, Charles M. Peanuts Jubilee: My Life and Art with Charlie Brown and Others. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, (1975). Oblong folio (11-1/2 by 15-1/2 inches), original aluminum-covered boards, original dust jacket. Housed in a custom clamshell box. $9800.
First edition, presentation copy of this celebration of Peanuts’ silver anniversary, wonderfully inscribed on the half title with a sketch of Snoopy, " For Charlton Heston with friendship and every best wish—Charles M. Schulz." With an additional typed letter signed by Schulz to Heston, remarking that "I think you and Snoopy would do well as a team in an olympic chariot race."
In this treasury of his classic comic strips, Schulz reflects on his life and career, stating, "It really does not matter what you are called, or where your work is placed, as long as it brings some kind of joy to some person someplace. To create something out of nothing is a wonderful experience. To take a blank piece of paper and draw characters that people love and worry about is extremely satisfying. I hope very much that I will be allowed to do it for another 25 years"—and, in fact, he did. Illustrated with numerous photographs and comic strips, including 134 color reproductions of Sunday panels. Laid into this copy is a typed letter signed by Schulz (with an image of Snoopy typing printed in the corner of Schulz's stationery) dated December 21, 1983 and reading, "Dear Mr. Heston: Thank you very much for your kind note. It was exciting to hear from someone whom I have admired for so many years. I think you and Snoopy would do well as a team in an olympic chariot race. Incidentally, I am a very good friend of Chanin Hale who did a short segment with you in 'Will Penny.' At the risk of being presumptuous, I am sending you one of my books with my very best wishes. Thank you again for writing. Kindest regards, Charles M. Schulz."
Boards rubbed; bright, price-clipped dust jacket with short closed tear to front panel. Wear along bottom edge of laid-in letter. A near-fine copy with a wonderful inscription and provenance.