Hilary Knight collection. First Edition. Oversized quarto and profuse illustrations in black-and-white and color. Souvenir programs for four notable Broadway plays and one ballet, featuring short biographies of the original cast and creative team of each: Cactus Flower (Lauren Bacall, Barry Nelson, et al.); Hello, Dolly! (Pearl Bailey, Cab Calloway, et al.); Fiddler on the Roof (Harry Goz, Bette Midler, et al.); and 42nd Street (Jerry Orbach, Millicent Martin, et al.); alongside photographs of the performances. Tight binding.
Sometime in the early ’50s, Hilary Knight’s drawings of naughty little girls for Mademoiselle magazine led to a meeting with author Kay Thompson (then a top nightclub performer)--and, of course, to the perpetually adored Eloise, the precocious Plaza dweller who in many ways is Knight’s alter ego. “Eloise will be celebrating her 60th birthday in 2015--not bad for a six-year-old,” says Knight. We’re honored to offer these personal pieces from Knight, who remains as stylish, outspoken, and original as the legendary little girl he brought to life.