Items in this collection will become available at 8:00pm Eastern US Time on Monday 6/13. (Time is set by our server.) Only one of each item is available, so you will want to plan to be here when they go live, before they disappear into other people's collections.
We are honored to be able to offer for sale these incredible Marguerite Henry items! They come to us from a collector who has cherished them for several years, but no longer has space to display them properly, so she has decided to let them move on to other Marguerite Henry fans who can cherish them as well!
Regarding this collection: I am not a print or book expert by any means. I have done my best to describe each piece’s condition according to the knowledge I have and research I’ve done.
The prints were described as etchings in their original sales brochure from John and Lil Palmer (well-known collectors of Virginia-related pottery and art, whose collection, after their deaths, brought in 1.5 million dollars). The prints were bought from this brochure by a gentleman who knew Marguerite Henry personally and has a collection of items related to her and Mr. Dennis. Our consignor purchased them directly from this man. Despite the prints being advertised by a reputable collector as etchings, I cannot verify that they are actually etchings, and believe them instead to be prints from the original etchings. My belief stems from the facts that: Wesley Dennis died in the 1960s and these were apparently not offered for sale until the late 1990s, the Dennis signatures on the prints is printed, not hand-signed as are most etchings, and there does not appear to be any indentation around the image from the plate being pressed into the paper. I am led to believe, therefore, that while the Palmers may have owned the original etchings, they produced these prints from those etchings. Quantity made of each is unknown, and a search of eBay for Wesley Dennis illustrations comes up empty for these images, leading me to believe they were only produced in a small number. An email to the gentleman who sold them to our consignor resulted in the information above regarding how he acquired them, but shed no further light on exactly when or how many may have been produced. I’m hoping for a follow-up from him, and if one arrives, I will post an update here. The prints are on heavy, museum-quality paper stock and have all been lovingly matted and framed by our consignor with high quality materials so they should last indefinitely.