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William M. Timlin THE LOG Original Art SIGNED The Ship That Sailed to Mars
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William M. Timlin THE LOG Original Art SIGNED The Ship That Sailed to Mars

William M. Timlin (British/South African)

This is the Original Calligraphy and Original Unpublished Artwork for the book:


Told and Pictured by William M. Timlin (George G. Harrap & Co. London, 1923)

Signed by the Artist in lower right-hand corner.

Original Unpublished Illustration for THE LOG section with Leaf of Original Calligraphic Text for which it was intended.

Medium: Pen, Ink and Watercolor.

Circa 1923

Image Size of Painting: 8 1/8 x 11 inches. 

Image Size of Calligraphic Text: 10 1/4 x 13 1/2 inches.

Framed Size: approx. 30 1/2 x 22 inches.

The painting and text are matted under protective glass, and secured in a fine wood frame with scroll relief pattern and decorative gilt.

Condition: Art, calligraphy, and Frame all Fine.


What we have here is an unpublished, alternate illustration for The Log, a section of  THE SHIP THAT SAILED TO MARS - but never used in the finished book.

With this wonderful discovery, we have a new reason to return to a beloved classic!

"The illustrations in this book put him in the top ten of fantasy illustrators with Rackham, Dulac, Goble and Nielsen" - Alan Horne, "The Dictionary of 20th Century British Book Illustrators"


William Mitcheson Timlin (1892-1943) Artist-Architect. Born in England, lived most of his life in South Africa. His chief artistic influences being Edmund Dulac, Arthur Rackham, and Aubrey Beardsley.

He designed many important buildings in Kimberley South Africa while pursuing his art interests. He did a number of watercolor fantasies as well as pastels, oils, periodical illustrations and etchings and his work was exhibited regularly. Timlin began work on THE SHIP THAT SAILED TO MARS for his son in 1921. It took him two years and grew to 48 color plates with 48 pages of text accompanying each plate. The publisher George Harrap was so impressed with Timlin's work that he printed the book without typesetting, as presented to him with the original calligraphy.

William M. Timlin THE LOG Original Art SIGNED The Ship That Sailed to Mars
Artist: William M. Timlin
Author: William M. Timlin
Condition: Fine
Date: 1923
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