First US edition of the fifth book in the Babar series, devoted to the adventures of Zephir the monkey when he goes home for summer vacation — in the original dust jacket.
Very good plus in very good dust jacket.
The Babar series has delighted generations of young children around the world. The de Brunhoffs' simple and stylish art is widely praised for being "comprehensible and entertaining even if one didn't know the language" (Bader, 547). The Babar books set the tempo for all picture books that followed: their "large format, fine litho-printing and hand-written text" fueled the "visual triumph" (Whalley and Chester, 189) of the picture book in the 1930s.
While most of the Babar series follows the titular elephant and his family, ZEPHIR'S HOLIDAYS focuses on his mischievous monkey companion. After a reunion with his family in Monkeyville, Zephir sets out on a quest to save the monkey princess from an island full of monsters (with the help of his new mermaid friend). Difficult to find in the original dust jacket.
Read more: Barbara Bader, American Picturebooks; Joyce Irene Whalley and Tessa Rose Chester, A History of Children's Book Illustration.
First printing. New York: Random House Inc, (1937). 14.25'' x 10''. Original blue cloth-backed color pictorial boards. Original unclipped ($3.00) color pictorial dust jacket. Color pictorial endpapers of elephants against a yellow background. Illustrated in color.  pages. Small gift inscription to front fly leaf, "Elizabeth Hartz – Christmas 1942". Hand-colored bookplate of Elizabeth Hartz to verso of front flyleaf. Jacket with wear and a couple long closed tears, tape repairs to verso; some chipping to spine ends, one larger chip to rear panel. Binding with light edgewear. Leaves clean and bright.
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