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Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse: The Ultimate History

by David Gerstein and J.B. Kaufman, edited by Daniel Kothenschulte
Taschen, the distinguished European publisher long renowned for luxurious art books, has already embarked on a series of outstanding volumes on Disney history. The latest in the series, Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse, is a sumptuous, lavishly mounted pictorial history of the world’s preeminent Mouse, from his scrappy beginnings in 1928 to the present day. Overflowing with a cornucopia of exciting, rare, and gorgeously reproduced images, the book also includes a wealth of new historical research by Disney scholars J.B. Kaufman and David Gerstein.

Walt Disney’s Silly Symphonies: A Companion to the Classic Cartoon Series

by Russell Merritt and J.B. Kaufman
Originally published in 2006 but long out of print, Walt Disney’s Silly Symphonies returns in a specially revised and updated 10th-anniversary edition. This is the ultimate companion to the Silly Symphonies (1929-1939), a landmark series of films originally launched by Walt Disney as a “musical novelty.” The Symphonies soon blossomed into something far more ambitious: an innovative series of animated cartoons that introduced new characters, ideas, and techniques with each new release.

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