Toronto: McClelland and Stewart Inc., . Hardcover. Small 4to. Dark blue paper over boards with gilt spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. xiii, 320pp, (2pp). Small line drawings, pictorial endpapers. Near fine/near fine. Item #45647
A superb, tight first edition of (to cite jacket front) "The story of the man who brought Inuit art to the outside world" -- and beautifully inscribed and signed in the author's calligraphic script in black ink on half-title page: "James Houston / sends greetings / to Bob & Ibby: With / Memories of the old / Explorers Club days / and your Arctic visits / Warmly / Jim / December 1995." Tipped in facing this is a lovely Autograph Note Signed from Houston, 1p, 6" X 7", Stonington, CT, 18 January 1996. Addressed to Bob & Ibby. Very good. Original folds. In his killer calligraphic hand, Houston pens friends "Sorry to have missed seeing you both in Aspen over Christmas, perhaps another time. All goes well with us, we're spending February in France...." Signed simply "Jim." James Houston (1921-2005) was a Canadian artist, author, filmmaker and designer who singlehandedly brought Inuit art to the art-collecting world's attention. Robert Malott (1926-2018) was a noted Chicago business leader, CEO of FMC Corporation, Republican politico and philanthropist.