Charley Harper

Visit, if you can,  the enchanting exhibit at the DAAP  gallery (’til Feb. 16) of the work of Cincinnati artist Charley Harper (1922-2007).  It introduced me to the little “Ford Times” magazine I’d somehow never seen before. Harper’s charming illustrations were in many issues in the 1950s.  One of our favorite customers brought us a couple of copies.

Maybe one day the January 1951 Look magazine with his weather map will turn up.  The serendipities in my work are a neverending delight.  Books and pictures are more important to me than the dollars they’re “worth.”  I wouldn’t be in this business otherwise.  Dollars are the dullest part of value.  I hope that isn’t the  epitaph of the used book trade!

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