August 2015 | Rebecca Rego Barry

Original Art for Limited Editions Club Thackeray

176044_0.jpgComing to auction this week at PBA Galleries is a collection of original art for the Limited Editions Club edition of William Makepeace Thackeray's The Rose and the Ring (1942). There are 59 drawings; one in pencil, the others in pen as seen above. They are the work of Fritz Kredel, a German artist and graphic designer who illustrated several volumes for the "LEC," a subscription club founded by retailer George Macy in 1929. Macy was known for commissioning major artists, e.g. Picasso and Matisse, for his high-quality publications.

The set of drawings is estimated to realize $1,500-2,000 at Thursday's auction in San Francisco. There are several lots of LEC volumes in the sale, too.

Image via PBA Galleries.