"If there is a universal symbol for childhood, Babar the elephant is probably it." (Anita Silvey)
THE STORY OF BABAR
By Jean de Brunhoff
First printing of the first edition in English of the first Babar book, reproducing the author's own color illustrations – an exceptionally nice copy.
THE STORY OF BABAR
"[I]f adults find a touch of humorous sophistication and wit in it, it is needless to say that chidlren find it hilarious comedy." – Original promotional leaflet from publisher
Published in the distinctive large – some might say elephant-sized – format of the French original, this edition introduced an English speaking audience to the international sensation. As Anita Silvey notes, Jean de Brunhoff's original inspiration came from his wife, who told stories about a little elephant to their children. Silvey also quotes Maurice Sendak in saying that the Babar books "forever changed the face of the illustrated book." An absolute classic, scarce in this condition.
Read more: Silvey, Children's Books and Their Creators, 191.
New York: Harrison Smith and Robert Haas, 1933. 14.25'' x 10.25''. Original quarter light blue cloth, orange pictorial paper boards. Green pictorial endpapers. Illustrated by de Brunhoff in color on nearly every page. Translated by Merle Haas. 48 pages. Publisher's promotional slip laid in. Bookplate of Joe. E. Kennedy, designed by Rockwell Kent, on front pastedown. Only very light rubbing and edgewear to boards.
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