Lot 290 of 364:
1st book illustration by famed Japanese-American children’s author, inscribed  

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First book illustrated by Gyo Fujikawa, inscribed; with another inscribed book illustrated by her a half-century later

Fujikawa, Gyo, illustrator

Various places

Various publishers


  • Dorothy Walter Baruch. I Like Automobiles.  (New York: John Day, 1931) First Edition. Unpaginated. Original pictorial red cloth in dust jacket. Strikingly illustrated in red and black by Gyo Fujikawa at age 23, the first book appearance of her work, with colored endpapers and 25 full-page plates. Inscribed.  
  • Fairy Tales and Fables, edited by Eve Morel. (New York: Grosset and Dunlap, 1977), later printing.  9 x 12” Extensively illustrated by Fujikawa in color and black-and-white. Inscribed. 

The first book illustrated by the young artist after her graduation from the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles was also probably the first book illustrated by a Nisei – American-born Japanese. Over the next 25 years, the Berkeley artist (whose family spent World War II in an internment camp) would do much commercial work – all unsigned and uncredited - as art director of an advertising agency and illustrator for Walt Disney.  (She notably designed the program for Disney’s classic movie Fantasia). Not until 1957 did she illustrate her second children’s book, the start of three decades as author and illustrator of more than 50 books (and even a few postage stamps) before her death in 1998.

Lot Amendments

Spine nearly completely gone on dust jacket with 1½x3" triangle missing from upper right front; otherwise both very good.

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