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Underground Treasures - Crumb’s complete sketchbooks part 2: The early years – from The Yum Yum Book to Snatch, Zap, and Despair and Weirdo

Underground Treasures

Crumb’s complete sketchbooks part 2: The early years – from The Yum Yum Book to Snatch, Zap, and Despair and Weirdo

Robert Crumb. Sketchbooks 1964–1982

US$ 1,000
Edition: English
Availability: In Stock
This six-book boxed set is based on the original seven-volume series released by the German publisher Zweitausendeins between 1981 and 1997. Unlike this previous edition, which included every doodle ever made by the preeminent underground artist, our edition has been personally curated by the notoriously fastidious artist to include only what he considers his best work, reproduced directly from the original sketchbooks. This slip-cased set is made with loving attention to detail in a size and format selected by the artist. Each book in the set contains 224 pages, for a total of 1,344 pages of prime Crumb from the artist’s most prolific, early period. The set includes a handwritten introduction, many pages of original color works, and 50 redrawn images distinctly different from the original works. Each set in this 1,000-copy limited edition also includes a signed, authenticated color art print of a collectible Crumb original.

With Robert Crumb’s original art setting records at auction (the cover art for Mr. Natural #1 sold for $ 101,575 at Dallas-based Heritage Auction Galleries in 2007), this limited edition with signed print is sure to increase in value and be sought both as an investment by collectors and as a stunning addition to any Crumb fan’s library.
 
  • The slipcased set is made with loving attention to detail in a size and format selected by the artist.
  • Each book in the boxed set contains 224 pages, for a total of 1,344 pages of prime Crumb.
  • The set includes a hand-written introduction by Robert Crumb.
  • Each set of this 1,000-copy limited edition also includes a signed color art print of the Crumb original
  • “That great purveyor of very beautiful (and very voluminous) art books, TASCHEN, has set the bar very high with its publication today of a boxed set of six volumes of sketches by Robert Crumb, a leading figure in underground US comix in the 1960s… This limited edition accompanied by a signed print is closer to a work of art (investment) than to an art-book, and despite its hefty price-tag, it is hard to imagine that the one thousand copies printed will be on the market for very long.”

    — Marevueweb.com, Paris
  • “The underground comic and gifted dirty old man handpicks his finest unsavory doodles.”

    — The Huffington Post, New York
  • “One of the most impressive sketchbook collections you are likely to ever see.”

    — Complex.com, New York
  • “Underground cartoonist Robert Crumb’s X-rated œuvre has been catalogued before, but never by his own hand… fans of caustic humor, alienation, and luxurious pubic hair rejoice.”

    — V Magazine, New York