Unknown June 1911 Baseball Magazine Unpublished Proof Cover
Fascinating piece is a proof cover for the June 1911 issue of Baseball Magazine. However, it was sent to the artist and somehow rejected. It is similar to the normal cover, but far from the same. This is from the collection of the preeminent "Baseball Magazine" cover artist Gerrit Beneker. Blank-backed, it measures 7x10" and is folded where it was sent back to the office of editor F.C. Lane. Couple of pinholes o/w EX+ with vivid final colors. Shown here is the actual cover, which is not included in the lot. The proof even has pencil notes on it from Beneker who advised to change the "blue" in his cap. Subtitled "Great Life Story of Addie Joss." Measures 7x10", gorgeous color lithograph with the white matte border is a work of art of far better quality than the final covers off the newsstand. Note: One of two extant, the other is "part" of a cover in this same auction. Recently discovered from the hands of Gerrit Beneker (1882-1934), the master illustrator who did covers for a myriad of publications of the early 20th century. He is best known however, for the 30 covers he painted for "Baseball Magazine" during their key formative years of 1911-14. These works defined not only the look and feel of the first ever U.S. baseball monthly magazine, but for baseball illustration art for decades to come.
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