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    GARTH WILLIAMS (American, 1912-1996)
    Little House on the Prairie, group of six: Pa Goes to Town, Mr. Edwards, Waiting for Pa, Staying Awake, Pa Returns, and the Square Package, page 208, 212, 214, 218, 222, and 224 illustrations, 1953

    Pencil on tracing paper
    8.75 x 11.75 in. (largest)
    Each signed

    Page 208: "Before dawn, Pa went away. When Laura and Mary woke, he was gone and everything was empty and lonely. It was not as though Pa had only gone hunting. He was going to town, and he would not be back for four long days."

    Page 212: "Mr. Edwards came to do the chores again that evening, and again Jack treed him on the woodpile. Ma had to drag him off. She told Mr. Edwards she couldn't think what had got into that dog. Maybe it was the wind that upset him."

    Page 214: "In the afternoon they began to watch the creek road. Jack was watching it, too. He whined to go out, and he went all around the stable and the house, stopping to look toward the creek bottoms and show his teeth. The wind almost blew him off of his feet. When he came in he would not lie down. He walked about and worried."

    Page 218: "For a long, long time they sat up. Mary yawned, then Laura yawned, and then they both yawned. But they kept their eyes open wide. Laura's eyes saw things grow very large and then very small, and sometimes she saw two Mary's and sometimes she couldn't see at all, but she was going to stay up until Pa came. Suddenly a fearful crash scared her and Ma picked her up. She had fallen off the bench, smack on the floor."

    Page 222: "It rained between here and Independence, going," Pa told them. "And coming back, the mud froze between the spokes till the wheels were nearly sold. I had to get out and knock it loose, so the horses could pull the wagon. And seemed like we'd no more than started, when I had to get out and do it again. It was all I could do to keep Pet and Patty coming against that wind. They're so worn out they can hardly stagger. I never saw such a wind; it cuts like a knife."

    Page 224: "Then his eyes twinkled at Ma and he told her to open the square package on the table. 'Be careful,' he said. 'Don't drop it." Ma stopped unwrapping it and said: 'Oh Charles! You didn't!'... In that square package there were eight small squares of window-glass. They would have glass windows in their house...All winter long they could look out of the windows as much as they liked, and the sunshine would come in."

    From the Estate of Garth Williams.


    Condition Report*:

    Slight smudging to bottom edge of page 224; crease and minor handling marks to upper right corner, and small accretion on lower right edge of page 222 illustration; slight smudging to bottom left edge of page 218 illustration; otherwise in very good condition. Not framed.

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