The idea is very simple: give an illustrator (or an author) a first edition of their most famous book and ask them to re-engage with it. The act of confronting first editions will result in the ultimate copy of that work. This charity event at Sotheby's London will comprise 38 unique lots of first edition books specially annotated and illustrated by hand by some of the world's greatest living illustrators. Estimates start from a mere £200. All funds raised at the auction will support House of Illustration.
TOP: JUDTH KERR, THE TIGER WHO CAME TO TEA, 1968. FIRST EDITION, EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED WITH A NEW ILLUSTRATION TOGETHER WITH NUMEROUS ANNOTATIONS BY JUDITH KERR.
ROALD DAHL AND QUENTIN BLAKE, CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, 1995. EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED WITH TWO ADDITIONAL ILLUSTRATIONS BY QUENTIN BLAKE.
The responses are as diverse as the creative individuals concerned: Quentin Blake has added a couple of extra illustrations to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; Michael Bond has extensively annotated A Bear Called Paddington; Cressida Cowell has extensively annotated How to Train Your Dragon; and Paula Rego has added witty notes to her edition of Nursery Rhymes.
THE MAKING OF PINK FLOYD THE WALL, 2010, FOLIO, FIRST EDITION. EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED WITH TWO FULL-PAGE ILLUSTRATIONS (COMPRISING NEW DUST-JACKET) WITH NUMEROUS ANNOTATIONS AND MIXED MEDIA TIPPED-IN BY GERALD SCARFE.
It’s not all children’s books, however. Gerald Scarfe has provided two full-page illustrations (comprising a new dust-jacket) to The Making of Pink Floyd The Wall; the official war artist for the Falklands conflict, Linda Kitson, has tucked eight pages of preliminary sketches to her visual diary of The Falklands War; Terry Gilliam has provided a self-portrait (highly reminiscent of the Monty Python foot) to Animations of Mortality; and David Gentleman has updated David Gentleman’s London.
Wouldn’t Christmas be rather special with a copy of The Gruffalo annotated by Julia Donaldson and extra-illustrated by Axel Scheffler? Or the ultimate copy of The Snowman with notes by Raymond Briggs? Our bids office is waiting to take your bid via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at +44 0(20) 7293 5283.
First Editions: Redrawn
34-35 New Bond Street, London W1A 2AA
Auction 8 December 2014
Auction 7:30 pm, Doors open at 7:15 pm
Friday 5 December, 9 am–4:30 pm
Sunday 7 December, 12 noon–5 pm
Monday 8 December, 9 am–4:30 pm