With the record covers i’ve decided to limit my collection to the covers where the purpose of the design was just that – to end up on a record cover. Covers with images from Warhols movies etc. i’ve chosen to exclude, primarily because this makes it a manageble number of covers to deal with and to keep track of. A few exceptions are there though, like the Silver Apples and the Enola Gay records.
Likewise, there’s already a few exceptions in my newly started book collection. Apparently Warhol did some freelance work as an illustrator for the publisher Doubleday in the 50’s and 60’s. During this period Doubleday put out several books in a popular childrens book series called Best of Children’s Books. Warhol did the illustrations to (at least?) six of the stories in this series and so far i’ve found four of these..
I’m trying to read up on how you determine what’s a first edition and what’s not. This makes little difference though as i’m basically just pursuing this a fun side project. I’ve found them all on ebay for next to nothing, a few dollars each. None of them still have the dust jacket which i’m sure lowers the value quite a bit but to me that makes little to no difference.
Sophocles and the Hyena – (Best in Children’s Books #33 – Doubleday, 1960)
The book is it decent condition. It’s a little loose in the binding, or spine or whatever it’s called. I first had an idea to cut out all the pages with Warhols drawings and then do someting with them, but i’m not sure… Guess we’ll see what happens. I payed $3 for it and at least the interesting pages are in nice condition.