This is a framed original artwork, with the addition of the mock-up, for
L. Sprague de Camp's iconic work:
'Lest Darkness Fall'. Interestingly, the dustjacket work for the first edition is far less compelling than this, the dynamic scene that Emsh has created for the 1963 Pyramid softcover.
Emsh, or properly Ed Emshwiller, was an creator of American science fiction and fantasy artwork as well as experimenter filmmaker.
His work included: everything. Pulp covers (Galaxy, Fantastic Story, Mercury Mystery Book, Astounding Science-Fiction, Fantasy and Science Fiction, and Space Stories), science fiction and fantasy paperback and dustjacket art,
interior story illustrations (Planet Stories, Future Science Fiction, Thrilling Wonder, Startling Stories, and Amazing Stories), and story illustrations for men’s adventure magazines (Sportsman and True Action)
Educated in Paris and New York, his iconic style is vibrant,dynamic, detailed and decidedly varied in technique and painterly style. His talent afforded a wide range and breadth of outcomes for the imaginative stories within. An early Hugo Award winner, Emsh was the third artist to be inducted in the Science Fiction Hall of Fame.
His papers are held at the California Institute of Arts.
Offered here for the first time:
Emshwiller, Ed. Original art for Lest Darkness Fall, L. Sprague de Camp.
Pyramid Books paperback, 1963. Matted and framed, measuring 18-½” x 15” with frame.
Emshwiller, Ed. Original mockup on artist’s board, signed and titled in pencil, measuring 7” x 6”.
Sprague de Camp, L. Lest Darkness Fall. New York: Pyramid Books, 1963 paperback.