REY,H.A. CURIOUS GEORGE ORIGINAL ART: CECILY G AND THE 9 MONKEYS. Offered here is a wonderful color drawing by Rey from Cecily G and the 9 Monkeys (published as Raffy and the 9 Monkeys in London by Chatto & Windus in 1939). This was the Rey's first children's book and was also the first appearance of Curious George who is prominently featured throughout. In this picture one of the monkeys is running from a burning building with his arms outstretched. It is a mixed media charcoal and watercolor image that measures 7" wide by 9" high and is framed. Sold with a first edition of the book published by Houghton Mifflin in 1942. 8 1/2 x 11 1/2", cloth, Santa card and owner name on endpaper, Fine condition in dust wrapper (dw VG+) frayed at spine ends and corners and with a few small closed tears). Although not signed the art has a special provenance because it comes from the estate of children's book illustrator James Marshall, the creator of George and Martha books and the Stupids series. Original published art by Rey is rare as is a first edition of the book in dust wrapper.