Christmas Countdown Wishlist VII

Magick 4 TerriDay Three of Magick 4 Terri Suggestions

Oh my I am on day three and I have only gotten to Charles Vess’ contributions.  I adore Mr. Vess and Instructions is probably one of my all time favorite children’s story/poems/fairy tale thingies EVER!  So if I was made of money this would be what I would want for Christmas.

Offered:  The signed, original art to a double page spread (pgs 17 and 18) from the book Instructions, depicting 3 princesses in their tower and the 12 months of the year confronting the Puss-n-Boots-like protagonist of the book. The original measures 16″x 28″ and is on heavy board, executed in colored inks. A true rarity.

Minimum bid:$1000
Auction ends at 5 p.m. Pacific Time, December 15th 2011

And, of course, the book to go with it:

Offered: A 1st edition copy of Instructions, written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Charles Vess, signed by the author and illustrator, with a special illustration added to the title page specifically for this auction.

Like all the best fairy tales and nursery rhymes, Instructions is as much set in our world as it is in the fantastic. Gathering together elements and characters from throughout familiar imaginary worlds in one place, Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess have created a world that is both recognizable and mysterious in much the same way the real world might look to someone when they prepare to set out into it for the first time. However, the instructions in this book are ones we’d all be wise to follow and remember, no matter what our age or experience. — Richard Marcus, blogcritics.org

Opening bid: $30

Auction closes at 5 p.m. Pacific Time, December 15th 2011