True first edition of the classic Swedish tale of a spunky girl who lives on her own, seeking adventure.
PIPPI LANGSTRUMP [PIPPI LONGSTOCKING]
Lindgren first came up with the character of Pippi when her own nine-year-old daughter asked for a story while she was home sick from school. Although she lacks the manners and education of a more traditional upbringing, Pippi's practicality and no-nonsense attitude are often a rebuke to some of the more arbitrary rules of society. Published during World War Two, this true first is exceptionally rare, and all known copies are noticeably toned, due to a drop in the quality of wartime paper. Text in Swedish; the first edition in English, illustrated by Louis Glanzman, was not published until 1950.
Stockholm: Rabén & Sjögren, (1945). 6'' x 4''. Original quarter grey cloth over yellow pictorial paper boards depicting Pippi and her pet monkey. Eight full-page black and white illustrations by Ingrid Nyman. Housed in a custom slipcase. Some wear to edges of boards, pages uniformly toned.
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