FORD,LAUREN. COLLECTION. We are pleased to be able to offer this interesting collection of Lauren Ford material including special copies of books, original art and more. Lauren Ford (1891-1973) was not only an award winning illustrator of children's books but she wrote them as well. According to her mother, she began to draw at the age of only four and eventually studied with F.V. du Mond and George Bridgman. She began professionally by illustrating her mother's books and dust wrappers (her mother was noted children's author Julia Ellsworth Ford). She first collaborated with her mother on Imagina which was illustrated by Arthur Rackham. In 1923 she illustrated entirely on her own, her mother's book Pan and Santa Claus. In 1926 she held her first one man show at the Feragil Gallery in New York which sold-out. Ford is perhaps best known for two books, the Ageless Story, which was a Caldecott Honor title in 1940, and the Little Book About God about which Mahoney and Whitney wrote: "The artist is considered a modern Breughel and the book has the quality of the handmade books of the Middle Ages" (See 5 Years of Children's Books p.18, 148-9). In Illustrator's of Children's books p. 242, Mahoney and Whitney comment that with the publication of the last mentioned books "it is as if Botticelli's angels found themselves dressed in blue gingham in a Connecticut farmhouse and feeling perfectly at home there. And with it they have lost none of their beauty though translated into a homely modern setting." Her art hangs at the Metropolitan in New York, Washington's Corcoran, Art Institute of Chicago and other major museums. Following are the details: -- A BOOK OF FUNNY ONES - AN ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT. This item features 38 watercolor illustrations plus text done for an unpublished book by Ford (possibly not complete). Oblong 8vo on paper, penciled title page dated 1908, reading "Pictured by L.F., versified by S.F." (most likely Ford's father whose name was Simeon). The illustrations themselves are signed by Lauren and many are dated 1897 which would represent her earliest work! According to the dust wrapper blurb from Lauren Ford's Christmas Book "her mother is the authority for the statement that Ford began to draw at.