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Garry Trudeau: "One of the very few masters of illustrative cartooning - Osborn's art is a call to responsible action."
COLLECTOR'S 1960's first edition vintage hardcover book with original dust jacket - The Vulgarians by Robert Osborne.
A Satire in Pictures and Words on the Decline of Greatness and Rise of Mediocrity in America. Osborn, caricaturist, cartoonist and satiric commentator, combines unique style of art with cutting edge sense of humor.
Introduction: A mirror to modern American life: "what over-weaning desire for money & comfort is doing to America and whence comes the silver slick of cancer on the soul.
Publisher: New York Graphic Society, Greenwich, CT, Copyright 1960, no date printed. No isbn. DJ back, b & w Osborne drawing and "About Author" text. Not ex-library.
OUTSTANDING color & black & white illustrations including full and duo page plates. Brilliant front color pictorial endpapers. Photos do not fully capture impact these drawings have when you see them up close. WOW!!
There is no mistaking the qualities of a drawing by Osborne; such an artist emerges only rarely. Compared to style of Daumier, Goya, Saul Steinberg & Alexander Calder.
Book about the human jelly-fish, the fat toads, the lemmings, the moles. For over 50 years, Mr. Osborn's sardonic and often savage drawings have arrested readers with their images of bloated power, violence and death.
Wittily ironic about society's pretensions, spoofing subjects like psychiatry, suburbanites and social climbing. He attacks dishonesty, shameless pandering, escapism, the anything for-a-fast buck philosophy.
Osborne gives you courage and hope, speaks with fierce intensity for excellence, vigorous leadership, audacious imagination, and resurgence of our latent strength and imagination for the mind.
Osborn, Navy officer, created cartoon character "Dilbert". Naval Aviation News; Navy pilot "Grampa Pettibones", exhibited around U.S., Library of Congress, Smithsonian.
MAGAZINES: Harper's, Fortune, Life, Look and The New Republic. Osborn made social commentary on Presidents from Lyndon Johnson to Ronald Reagan.
Hardcover, oblong quarto, priceclipped, pictorial DJ, boards and endpapers. Excellent pages, approx 50pp, 8" x 11". Binding tight.
Excellent vintage condition. Pages excellent/bright/clean/unpaginated-minimal wear. Fep light wear/bep wear includes discoloration-some creasing-spotting.
Cover excellent/very good-bright-some shelfwear-some soiling/corners bumped-some discoloration-some small light bubble spots.
DJ good/bright-shelfwear including discoloration-edgewear-chipping-few small tears. Some spotting-smudges-bottom spine 1" bite.
His wit is as powerful and relevant today as it was in the sixties.
Do not pass up this OUT-OF-PRINT gem; will make a fabulous gift!!
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1960 1st Ed `The Vulgarians' DJ 'Robert Osborne' Satire, Art - Cartoonist, Political Drawings, Humor, RARE
New England, MA
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