San Diego: Browndeer Press, (1995). Single volume, measuring 11.5 x 11.5 inches: , 10-61, . Original red cloth spine lettered in gilt over blue paper boards, unclipped color pictorial dust jacket, color pictorial endpapers (included in pagination). Color illustrations on almost every page. Laid-in bookplate signed by Alice Provensen with a sketch.
First edition of this eclectic tribute to great Americans of the past, chosen and illustrated by Alice Provensen: “Not all these Americans are honored in our national imagination, but they live in mine. They are the companions of my daily thoughts – a kind of natural resource; most importantly, they interest me.” Provensen groups her historical portraits by theme, rather than chronology: John James Audubon beside Rachel Carson in “The Pastoral Protectors,” Sequoyah beside Emma Willard in “Guiding Lights,” Gertrude Stein beside James Baldwin in “Expatriates,” Thomas Jefferson beside Frank Lloyd Wright in “American Architects.” With her husband Martin, Alice Provensen collaborated on more than fifty books for children, including the 1982 Newbery winner A Visit to William Blake’s Inn and the 1984 Caldecott winner The Glorious Flight. She was in her late seventies when she published My Fellow Americans. A fine copy of a moving book, including a bookplate signed by Provensen with a sketch of stars.