Fantasia. Inscribed By Walt Disney. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1940. First Edition. Folio. Publisher's original tan cloth lettered in blue & pictorial endpapers, complete with original pictorial dust jacket. Jacket chipped along edges, neat repair to upper inner hinge of book, otherwise a nice bright copy throughout. Housed in a collector's clamshell box.
Presentation Copy, Inscribed by Walt Disney: "To Joe Stahley, All Best Wishes, Walt Disney." Joe Stahley was an employee of Disney Studios and a background artist on the Fantasia movie. He worked on the Toccata and Fugue in D Minor sequence.
Additionally Signed by Eight Artists, next to their work in the book (in the following order): John Hench, Ethyl Kulsar, Sylvia Holland, Curt Perkins, Bob Cormack, J Gordon Legg, Martin Provinsen & Kay Neilson.
A highly collectable first edition of the lavishly illustrated companion volume to Disney’s animated musical masterpiece, with numerous colour images from the film. Fantasia in book form is a compilation of the most memorable images from the movie, accompanied by popular composer Deems Taylor’s lively interpretive text and conductor Leopold Stokowski’s foreword. The book recreates the various sections of the film including the terrific sequence showing Mickey Mouse as The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Sequences include: Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, The Nutcracker Suite, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Rite of Spring, The Pastoral Symphony, Dance of the Hours, A Night on bald Mountain, and Ave Maria. Noted book illustrator Kay Nielsen worked on the film and some of his work is included (Ave Maria and Night on Bald Mountain). Disney said of his animated orchestral masterpiece, "Fantasia is timeless. It may run ten, twenty, thirty years Fantasia is an idea in itself. I can never build another."