graphite, inks, and mixed media on illustration board (some creasing)
8 3/4 x 5 in.; 22.2 x 12.7 cm
J. B. Rund (bookplate on backing of frame)
Smoke, Mel Odom's splendid drawing, was created for the cover of Penguin's 1980 paperback edition of Edmund White's Nocturnes for the King of Naples (first published 1978). The image proved to be a popular one and was reproduced as a note card by Paper Moon Graphics. Penguin paperback and Paper Moon note card are included with the drawing.
Also included, 2 monographs: Mel Odom: First Eyes. (Tokyo: Genko-sha Publishing, 1982). Presentation copy, inscribed to George W. Bentley — Dreamer. Drawings by Mel Odom. Introduction by Edmund White. New York: Penguin Books, 1984. Presentation copy, inscribed to George W. Bentley and with a drawing in red ink by Odom. Laid in is an ALS to Bentley also in red ink.