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Chris L. DEMAREST (b. 1951).

Benedict Finds a Home [with:] an original watercolor, artwork to the published work

The watercolor illsutrates 'But the neighbors were not very friendly' and is inscribed to the book's designer.

Published: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books, New Yrok, 1982

Edition: First edition

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Chris L. DEMAREST (b. 1951).

Benedict Finds a Home. New York: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books, 1982. Small square quarto (7 ¾ x 7 ¾ in; 197 x 197mm). Pp. 1-30. Colored illustraions throughout by Demarest. Original pictorial boards, dust-jacket, small gilt ‘library edition’ label (small nick to lower cover of dust-jacket). First Edition ‘Library Edition’ of the author/artist’s first published ‘solo’ work.


 Chris L. DEMAREST (b. 1951). [‘But the neighbors were not very friendly’], an original watercolor drawing, being the artwork to p.[21] of ‘Benedict Finds a Home’. [USA: 1982]. Water color on wove paper (sheet size: 7 ¾ x 7 ¾ in; 197 x 197mm), marked up for reproduction. Provenance: Jean H. Krulis (1937-2020, gift of the artist with presentation inscription: ‘from Benedict Finds A Home / C. Demarest / For Jean / Whose expertise / made the book livelier than the originals. Best Chris’, bought from the estate). Condition: Benedict, who should be blue, is white/cream – this may be because blue is often a ‘fugitive’ color and in this case has been washed out by sunlight?

A charming image with a fulsome dedication from prolific illustrator Chris Demarest: ‘Benedict’ started life as a greeting-card character, but served to launch Demarest’s career as a book illustrator when he sent his creation off on a quest to find a place of his own: some peace and quiet.

Hartford, Ct, born artist Christopher Lynn Demaret graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 1976 with a B.F.A. The present work was the first that he both wrote and illustrated.  

Others include:

Clemens' Kingdom, Lothrop (New York, NY), 1983.

Orville's Odyssey, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 1986.

Morton and Sidney, Macmillan (New York, NY), 1987.

No Peas for Nellie, Macmillan (New York, NY), 1988.

The Lunatic Adventure of Kitman and Willy, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 1988.

Kitman and Willy at Sea, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 1991.

My Little Red Car, Caroline House (Honesdale, PA), 1992.

Lindbergh (biography), Crown (New York, NY), 1993.

My Blue Boat, Harcourt (San Diego, CA), 1995.

Ship, Harcourt (San Diego, CA) 1995.

He also collaborated on 60 other children’s books, as well as being a contributor of illustrations to Atlantic Monthly, Travel & Leisure, Woman's Day, Town & Country, Reader's Digest, Yankee, Highlights for Children, New York Times, New York Daily News, and Boston Globe.

 A member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Chris has won numerous awards Ford Foundation grant, 1975; Kentucky Bluegrass Awards, 1991, for The Butterfly Jar, and 1994, for Bob and Jack; Colorado Children's Book Award nomination, 1991, for No Peas for Nellie; Parents' Choice Award, 1992, for My Little Red Car; School Library Journal Best Book designation, 1994, for Lindbergh; Children's Choice Award, and Reading Rainbow selection, both 1994, both for Smart Dog;  New York Times Top-Ten Picture Book designation, 2000, for Firefighters A to Z; Bill Martin, Jr., Award finalist, 2003, for Smokejumpers One to Ten.

Jean H. Krulis graduated from The Cooper Union’s School of Art. She worked in New York City, as a designer of children’s books. (2)


  • Jacket Condition: Excellent
  • Binding Condition: Excellent
  • Overall Condition: Excellent
  • Size: 7 ¾ x 7 ¾ in; 197 x 197mm
  • Sold By: Shadowrock Rare Books
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