Item #1522 Candide (Signed by Rockwell Kent). Jean Francois Marie Arouet de Voltaire.
Candide (Signed by Rockwell Kent)
Candide (Signed by Rockwell Kent)
Candide (Signed by Rockwell Kent)
Candide (Signed by Rockwell Kent)
Candide (Signed by Rockwell Kent)
Candide (Signed by Rockwell Kent)
Candide (Signed by Rockwell Kent)
First Book Published by Random House, Signed by Rockwell Kent

Candide (Signed by Rockwell Kent)

New York: Random House, 1928. Limited edition, #1223 of 1470. Illustrated by Rockwell Kent. Cloth over boards. Quarto. 111 pages. Bound in coarse ivory cloth with gilt embossed titles, rules, and illustration on upper board, title and ornaments on spine, decorative endpapers. Binding shows some mild age toning, gilt dulled on spine, some rubbing to gilt illustration on upper board. Binding sound. An attractive copy, very good condition overall.

A beautiful edition of Voltaire's satirical and witty critique of the human condition, religion, politics, and philosophy. Illustrated and signed by Rockwell Kent.

This is the first book that was published by Random House. The firm was founded in 1927 by Bennett Cerf and Donald Klopfer, with the name inspired by Cerf’s remark that they would “publish a few books on the side at random.” Rockwell Kent, the leading commercial artist in the U. S. at that time, happened to be in Cerf and Klopfer's office when they came up with the name, and in five minutes sketched their trademark logo (Cerf, "At Random," p. 65).


Item #1522

Price: $500