Scarce early edition of the international Bee classic.
Very good plus in very good minus jacket.
THE ADVENTURES OF MAYA THE BEE
"A rebellion had broken out in the nation of bees, which the queen was unable to suppress."
Much-translated children's story of bee life and bee adventures, following Maya, a young bee who is at first "not interested in sitting on human beings" but grows persuaded of their questionable virtues by a concerted insect propaganda campaign: "They are good and wise [...]They are strong and powerful, but they never abuse their power," claims her teacher. Isn't it pretty to think so. Humans apart, Maya learns fearful respect for the bees' ancient enemies, Hornets and Spiders, fights valiantly to save her hive from invasion, and listens politely to a ladybug's poetry in spite of not thinking it terribly good: an essential part of maturation for bees and humans alike.
Bonsels's original story has been revised, expanded, and adapted multiple times since its first German publication in 1912; its themes of martial valor were softened after the Second World War and new characters introduced. MAYA THE BEE has enjoyed notable second lives as a German silent film (starring real insects), a '70s anime, and a Croatian opera (not starring real insects). The text is beautifully (and terrifyingly, to those who fear the Grasshopper) decorated by the Russian-born artist Vera Bock, whose first published book illustrations these are.
New York: Albert & Charles Boni, 1929. 9'' x 7''. Translated by Adele Szold Seltzer and Arthur Guiterman. Original blue cloth with paper labels mounted to spine and front board. Blue-gray topstain. Yellow endpapers. In original unclipped ($3.00) dust jacket. 224 pages. Bookplate mounted to front paste-down. Minor bumping and wear to boards, faint spine lean. Jacket toned, with significant chipping and sunning to spine; scuffing and small tears to edges.
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