Harvey Dunn: Illustrator and Painter of the Pioneer West by Walt Reed is currently at the printer. The proofs have been approved. The book is on the press and being bound. The author, Walt Reed, has been working on this book for twenty years. It has been a long and arduous task in completing this book, one in which I am proud to have an opportunity to be involved in. The book was originally slated for July 2010. Due to some improvements and extra time taken to make sure the book was as best as it could be, the release date has been pushed to December 1, 2010. If the printing and shipping goes as scheduled the book will arrive at the Flesk warehouse by the end of November 2010.
I am pleased to announce a deluxe edition for Harvey Dunn: Illustrator and Painter of the Pioneer West will be available. This special edition is limited to 350 copies in slipcase, signed by the author and specially bound and numbered. It contains the proof of an undated photo of Harvey Dunn. It also contains the image of Dunn’s previously unpublished experimental painting “Romance,” from the 1920s. Only 100 copies will be for sale through Flesk. The remaining copies will be reserved for the South Dakota Art Museum and Illustration House, NYC.
This book will only be available direct through Flesk Publications, the South Dakota Art Museum and Illustration House. There is no current plan for this book to be available to the book trade, nor through Amazon. If you placed an order direct through Amazon, the order will be canceled. You will then be able to order from one of the three of us.
The reason for the decision to pull the book from the trade and Amazon was made to provide an equal opportunity for Flesk, the museum and Illustration House to sell the books. Amazon’s heavy discount would undercut sales from the museum and Illustration House (copies sold on Amazon would have been through the Flesk distributor). This wasn’t a fair arrangement. Flesk, Illustration House and the South Dakota Art Museum put significant resources, time and funds into this project. Based on this, a mutually beneficially arrangement for selling the book was decided upon.