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The Illustrations of Rockwell Kent: 231 Examples from Books, Magazines and Advertising Art

The Illustrations of Rockwell Kent: 231 Examples from Books, Magazines and Advertising Art

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The Illustrations of Rockwell Kent: 231 Examples from Books, Magazines and Advertising Art

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Apr 9, 2013


Rockwell Kent (1882-1971) was probably the most important American book illustrator of the 1920s and '30s. Today there is a revival of interest in his illustrations, and this volume brings together for the first time the best of his illustrations from 24 books, as well as magazine art, bookplates, and advertising material--231 examples in all. Many of his most famous illustrations are included, with several selections each from Candide (1928), Moby Dick (1930), The Canterbury Tales of Geoffrey Chaucer (1930), Salamina (1935), The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (1936), and Goethe's Faust (1941), among others. Illustrations for lesser-known works such as A Basket of Poses (1924), Venus and Adonis (1931), and To Thee, America! (1946) are also reproduced. The entire collection is dominated by Kent's highly individual style of formalized realism and by his well-known subject matter--heroic, or sensual, male and female figures and dramatic scenes of nature, usually in a far-off wilderness. Concentrating on the exceptional works of the '20s and '30s, the volume does include some early material from 1914 and 1915, and a selection of later work from the 1940s and from Rockwell Kent's Greenland Journal (1963). Fridolf Johnson, for many years editor of The American Artist and a respected designer, has written a new introduction tracing Kent's development as an illustrator, captions for the illustrations, and an annotated bibliography of the works represented. The illustrations have been selected by Fridolf Johnson with the collaboration of John F. H. Gorton, Director, The Rockwell Kent Legacies.
Apr 9, 2013

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The Illustrations of

Rockwell Kent

231 Examples from Books, Magazines and Advertising Art







Dover Publications, Inc.

Mineola, New York


Copyright © 1976 by The Rockwell Kent Legacies.

© 1920, 1924, 1930, 1935, 1936, 1940, 1959, 1962 by Rockwell Kent.

© 1927, 1937 by Pynson Printers, Inc. © renewed 1954, 1964 by Rockwell Kent.

© 1928, 1929, 1930 by Random House, Inc. © renewed 1955, 1956, 1958 by Rockwell Kent.

© 1930 by Covici, Friede, Inc. © renewed 1957 by Rockwell Kent. ©

© 1931 by Leo Hart. © renewed 1958 by Rockwell Kent.

© 1941 by New Directions, Inc. © renewed 1969 by Rockwell Kent.

© 1946 by Rahr Malting Co. © renewed 1974 by Sally Gorton. All rights reserved.

Bibliographical Note

The Illustrations of Rockwell Kent: 231 Examples from Books, Magazines and Advertising Art is a new work, first published by Dover Publications, Inc., in 1976 and reissued in 2012. A new Introduction has been written especially for this edition by Fridolf Johnson. Illustrations drawn by Rockwell Kent for The Heritage Press edition of Leaves of Grass, copyright © 1937, 1965 are reproduced by permission of The Cardavon Press, Inc., Avon, Connecticut. Illustrations drawn in two colors by Rockwell Kent for Erewhon, copyright 1934, © 1962 by The Limited Editions Club, Avon, Connecticut are reproduced with the publisher's permission. Illustrations by Rockwell Kent for Moby Dick © 1930 by R. R. Donnelley & Sons Company are reproduced with permission. Random House mark reproduced courtesy Random House, Inc.

International Standard Book Number

ISBN-13: 978-0-486-23305-5

ISBN-10: 0-486-23305-7

Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 75-28786

Manufactured in the United States by Courier Corporation



Frontispiece: Moby Dick (1930). The Battering-ram.


During the 88 years of his life, Rockwell Kent achieved equal prominence as a painter, writer, traveler, and social polemicist. Louis Untermeyer, writing in the Special Rockwell Kent Number of American Book Collector, summer, 1964, proclaimed him the most versatile man alive ... I have known him as a painter, pamphleteer, poet (in private), politician (a poor one), propagandist, lecturer, explorer, architect (he re-designed my home in the Adirondacks), grave-digger, farmer, illustrator, Great-Dane-breeder, typographic designer, xylographer (‘wood-engraver’ to the uninitiated), friend, and general stimulator. To a large segment of the public, however, he is remembered as the most important American book illustrator of his time, primarily for the works he illustrated during the twenties and thirties—Candide, Moby Dick, The Canterbury Tales and the complete Shakespeare, as well as his own books of travel.

This period was marked by frenetic activity in the production and collecting of limited editions and fine printing. Kent’s thorough understanding of typographic design, his individual, precise style of formalized realism and his techniques, so sympathetic to the printed page, made him the ideal illustrator for the kind of books appreciated by discriminating collectors. Most of his illustrated books were first published in expensive, superbly produced limited, signed

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