New York: Simon and Schuster, 1940. Item #03808
Inscribed by the Author, Deems Taylor
A Spectacular Copy in a Spectacular Dust Jacket
[DISNEY, Walt]. TAYLOR, Deems. Walt Disney's Fantasia. With a Foreword by Leopold Stokowski. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1940.
First edition. Inscribed on the front free end-paper by Deems Taylor "For Dusty and Jean, with love / -- a collector's item for a / couple of old collectors. / Deems"
Folio (12 11/16 x 9 1/2 in; 322 x 242 mm). 157,  pp. Profusely illustrated in color and black and white, including sixteen tipped-in color plates.
Publishers pale gray cloth, front cover and spine decoratively lettered in blue, red pictorial endpapers. Minimal and almost imperceptible light staining on covers, otherwise fine. Original color pictorial dust-jacket with just a tiny amount of edge-wear, untouched and complete with original price: $3.75. A near fine copy of Fantasia with a very personal inscription and a spectacular original dust jacket. The finest Fantasia dust jacket that we have ever seen.
Joseph Deems Taylor (December 22, 1885 – July 3, 1966) "was an American composer, music critic, and promoter of classical music. Nat Benchley, co-editor of The Lost Algonquin Roundtable, referred to him as "the dean of American music." Taylor was a promoter of classical music throughout his life. His journalism career included posts as music critic for the New York World beginning in 1921, and editor of Musical America from 1927 to 1929.
Taylor also worked extensively in broadcasting, and as intermission commentator for the New York Philharmonic.
He appeared in Walt Disney's 1940 film Fantasia as the film's Master of Ceremonies, and was instrumental in selecting the musical pieces that were used in the film, including the then-controversial Sacre du Printemps. In the long-unseen roadshow version of Fantasia, issued on DVD in 2000, and re-released on the 2010 Fantasia/Fantasia 2000 Blu-ray release, all of Taylor's voice-over work was re-dubbed by veteran voice artist Corey Burton. The complete film was originally 124 minutes long, due almost entirely to the fact that Taylor's commentaries were more detailed in the roadshow version, but the original audio elements for these longer commentaries had deteriorated to the point that they could no longer be used, so Corey Burton was selected to re-record all of the dialogue for consistency. The general release version of Fantasia, running 115 minutes, is the version most audiences are familiar with. In that version, Taylor's commentaries were severely abridged." (Wikipedia).