WARHOL'S MOST IMPORTANT EARLY ARTIST BOOK.
25 Cats Name[d] Sam and One Blue Pussy (Feldman & Schellmann, IV.52B - 68B). New York: Printed by Seymour Berlin, 1954.
8vo (227 x 148 mm). 18 hand water-colored offset lithographs (including cover). Publisher's white cloth, with original hand-colored lithograph.
WARHOL'S POPULAR AND ENDURING ARTIST BOOK, Number 110 of 190 copies (though it is thought only 150 copies were printed), signed by Warhol on colophon, and accompanied by a letter signed from Warhol (Andy Warhol Enterprises) inquiring as to how the purchaser, a department store in Salt Lake City, learned of the book's publication. Warhol's books from this period were typically given as personal gifts for friends and clients, and this is one of a small number of examples that were actually sold.
This whimsical volume depicts with humor and charm Warhol's cats living at the townhouse he shared with his mother. The 18 lithographs are each hand-colored by Warhol and his friends at "coloring parties" using Dr. Martin's aniline watercolor dyes. A fresh example of a Warhol favorite.