Simple Simon and the Dragon. Together with typed letter, signed. Morris Cox.
Simple Simon and the Dragon. Together with typed letter, signed.
Simple Simon and the Dragon. Together with typed letter, signed.
Simple Simon and the Dragon. Together with typed letter, signed.
(Cox, Morris)

Simple Simon and the Dragon. Together with typed letter, signed.

Cox, Morris (illus.)

London: 1929; 1975. Bifolium. 4pp. Offprint from a children's annual containing original text and illustrations by Cox printed in two colors. Above the final illustration, Cox's name appears as "Mauris Cox." A story about a lazy boy who is cast out of his house by his mother; then, with the help of a goose, a mouse, a bull, and a blacksmith, he subdues a dragon by tickling him, thereby freeing the blacksmith's daughter and taking possession of the dragon's treasure. Accompanied by a typed letter, signed, to South African collector Corrie Guyt on Gogmagog stationery. Dated 28 July 1975, Cox responds to Guyt's "wonderful letter" and to a comment Guyt made about his art: "It was most encouraging to hear you speak of my art as being young in spirit," adding, "I was never one to formulate a style and then go on repeating it for the rest of my life. Always I am full of ideas and looking for new ways to formulate them." After acknowledging the difficult social and political climate facing apartheid South Africa and his concern for "young people," Cox then offers Guyt some background into his early work for children. Cox credits his youngest brother with getting him started in writing and illustrating stories for children, starting around 1920, when Cox was 17. Through his agent, he was able to get work writing and illustrating stories for Children's Annuals: "So for Oxford University Press I would write an original story, letter this by hand and supply sixteen drawings in two colors and all for 3 guineas a page!" Eventually, Cox lost interest because "they would not publish my work as books," and he found it more lucrative to sell single sketches and book jacket designs. "So you see, Corrie," Cox concludes, "my children's work was not really fulfilled." Referring to the Simple Simon story included here, Cox tells Guyt that he is sending it along "as a little present so that you can see what it was like," and he identifies it as having been done in 1929. An exceptional letter from Cox to one of his major collectors with a very ephemeral early work, both in fine condition. Item #25882

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