The Illustrated Press is publishing a new Dean Cornwell book. This book is the first new book on Cornwell in 38 years. The original book by Patricia Broder was first published in 1978 and reprinted in 2000.
This new book is 9 x 12 inches, 224 pages and contains 260 illustrations with many full page images and is in full color. The price for the regular edition is $44.95 plus shipping. The 1978 book had less than half the images in color.
The new book has sold out of its slipcased numbered limited edition and is almost sold out of the first run of the regular edition so if you are interested in a copy make sure you order soon.
My copy of the New Dean Cornwell book has finally arrived from Daniel Zimmer and Illustrated Press publishing and it’s everything that was promised. There has only been one other book on Cornwell and that was ‘Dean Cornwell Dean of Illustrators’ by Patricia Broder and published in 1978 and reprinted in 2000. Both editions are long since out of print and very expensive when you can find them.
This new book, The Art of Dean Cornwell, rivals the print production quality of that first book. The total page count for this book is 224 pages with 161 full page images. The binding and paper are first class; the large 12 x 9 vertical format is a change from the other books landscape format but works well with so many of the images full page. The new book is designed like a gallery catalog. Instead of the art being intermingled with text throughout the book, the text is confined to the beginning followed by hundreds of pages of art and then a chronology list for the work at the end.
The artwork looks great and it appears many of the images were shot from the originals. The images span his career and include many charcoal and color studies, outdoor watercolor sketches, pastels, mural work as well as his advertising and illustration work. Some images have close-ups that really allow you to see Cornwell’s paint application. Those that own the first book will find a lot of new material in this effort and the fact that everything is in color makes it even more enjoyable.
If you are a fan of Dean Cornwell this book is a must for your collection. It’s a reasonable price at $44.95 and a beautiful production. Copies are going fast with the limited slipcase version already sold out and the regular version almost sold out.
Update: Since I wrote the article earlier in the week, the regular edition has now sold out according to the publishers website
Adolph Menzel: Drawings and Paintings
Edited by James Gurney and Christian Schlierkamp
Dover Publications 8.5 x 11 Softcover
116 pages with 130 images including 32 in color
This book of drawings and color sketches showcases Menzel’s talent to record the world around him. His realism is honest and straightforward and transcends the timeframe it is created in because of Menzel’s prodigious abilities with the media he uses, pencil, ink, etchings, lithographs, pastel, watercolor, and gouache. The book is put together by James Gurney and Christian Schlierkamp and you can tell from the quality it was a labor of love for both of them.
His personal motto was “Nulla dies sine linea” (“not a day without a line”) and you can well believe he lived by those words. Over his lifetime Menzel Produced some 15,000 drawings which are now part of the Berlin Museum collection.
The book’s information is well researched and most of the images are printed full page.The reproductions are crisp and clean allowing the viewer to see Menzel’s virtuosity in detail. If you are a fan of sketching and drawing this book is a must have.
The illustrated press has decided to publish a second printing of their Dean Cornwell book. The first printing sold out quickly so if you missed out you still have a chance to get a copy. The standard edition of the book will be limited to 1000 copies and there will be a slipcased edition of the book limited to 100 copies.
Check out their Kickstarter for the book here
If you’d like to read my review of the first printing of the book you can find that here