Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Charley Harper

Charles Harper was an illustrator known for his stylized depictions of wildlife. A new retrospective book of his work, Charley Harper: An Illustrated Life is coming out soon, edited by none other than Todd Oldham. However, that book is a massively large hardback, selling for $126.

I have been looking out for an earlier work by Harper, The Giant Golden Book of Biology, which came out in the 1960s. It's a children's book. I would love to find one in Granny's attic, but I'm not really hopeful. And if anybody finds one, I'm pretty sure it's worth more than $126.

Anyway, Mr. Harper died Sunday at the age of 84. The good news is that he was working right up until he contracted pneumonia a few months ago. But the bad news -- and I don't mean to be callous here -- is that his death isn't getting me any closer to finding that Golden Book.


  1. I found one for you, but saving your pennies is up to you.


  2. I have a copy...are you still looking for one? I don't have it listed, but you could contact me through my eBay account.