CAT 22 C Modern Picture Books 1920+

Modern picture books 1920 and beyond, includes play books etc.
20976 Adventures with Elsie by Hamilton.

Adventures with Elsie, the Famous Cow.

The cartoon of the original Elsie, a Jersey heifer, grew to become one of the most recognized advertising icons in the US and Canada and is still used, though Borden's ceased doing business in the 1990's. Elsie's work went way beyond advertising, and so this book, written on the 25th anniversary of her first World's Fair appearance, is a short social history of the World War Two years and beyond, War Bonds, Travel, Freedomland, a second World's Fair, family, and more. The author drew on several private collections and the Borden records to find the many photos in this book.  Note: This book has been sold.

$65.00

 

20330 Eisbärli by Bohatta-Morpurgo.

Eisbarli. (Barli the Ice Bear)

The snowy day of very appealing little polar bear and his brother in his daily life, ending with him asleep and dreaming, his little orange slippers by his side. These books, reissued from 1949 to 1955, have their own style, paper boards rather than pasted on plates, jackets, and, with this title, fewer illustrations. (Bode #94)

$35.00

 

21576 Crin-Blanc (White Mane) Lamourisse/Colomb de Daunant. glassine wrap

Crin-Blanc. (White Mane)

Large, beautiful photos of wild horses, a wild boy, and the Camargue. There is something nostalgic about seeing the horse and boy galloping along the shore as seen through the veil of the glassine wrap. Quite a treasure if you love this film.

$110.00

 

19852 A Doll's Day by Brown.

A Doll's Day.

A doll relates the events of her day with "Mother"", hour by hour, in verse with the text and decorated capital on one side and a bold black deco illustration with orange and teal details. Between each verse is a spread with a cuckoo clock on one side and a large drawing of the coming poem on the other. A very charming period piece, designed with care.

$145.00

 

21396 Tom Thumb and other old-time Fairy Tales, Bates, ed; illus by Price

Tom Thumb, and other old-time fairy tales.

Tom Thumb, The Goose Girl, Jack and the Beanstalk, Bluebeard, Puss in Boots.

$140.00

 

21577 Daily Sketch Babar collection 7 vols.

Babar Daily Sketch collection.

Each installment contains a large, dramatic title, a large drawing in line and half-tone, an editor's "prequel" of a few sentences, the actual text in the large italic hand of the books, and a little blurb about tomorrow's story. The reader is often encouraged to write to Babar (wish we had those letters!) and little competitions are announced.

The first three volumes, Story, Travels, and much of Babar the King, also contain a handwritten retelling of the story in simpler language. After Jean de Brunhoff's death in October of 1937, the last two stories, at Home and Father Christmas, were edited, coloured, and reissued as books in the same format as the earlier ones in the series. JdeB's brother Michel made the editorial decisions and another colorist filled in the drawings (the final cover reworked by Laurent, age 13.)

Many interesting mysteries await the owner of these volumes, differences in sequence, in vocabulary and tone, elaborations and editing of the stories, a few additional pages and drawings. Even the published books have tiny differences. I have to point out that the tones of the book reproductions and the later monotone drawings look very much the same.

Interestingly, the last installment of Father Christmas, Friday, January 22, 1937, says in the sidebar: "A NEW STORY Jean de Brunhoff has prepared for you another delightful story with pictures even more amusing than any you have yet seen. You will read all about it on this page to-morrow." Perhaps Zephir was planned?

Above see pictures from the published books as well as the seven scrapbooks; below, in the space for condition jpgs, are several pictures from Babar at Home (Babar en Famille or Babar and His Children). Also a couple of Christmas pictures from Babar and Father Christmas and the last clipping.

$850.00

 

The Good-Luck Horse by Chan.

The Good-Luck Horse.

Plato Chan illustrated this very charming book at the age of 12, blending the forms and images of his Chinese heritage with the free wheeling action of Western art. His father was a diplomat in Paris and was captured during World War II, while he and his mother were sent to London. Plato gave several exhibits, raising money for war relief, and continued to do so when he moved to the United States in the year prior to the publication of this book. Not much is known of his later years. An unusual CALDECOTT HONOR BOOK. This book belonged to Caroline Thorn Binney, an international dancer, director, and choreographer, who founded the New York Folk Ballet.

$100.00

 

20362 The Church Mouse Oakley

The Church Mouse.

In this first of the series, Arthur, the mouse, invites all the mice in town to live in the church with him and the gentle cat Sampson.

NOTE This book has been sold.

$0.00

 

19730 William's Shadow by Austin.

William's Shadow.

William's friends go to elaborate ends to keep him from getting up and seeing his shadow on Ground Hog day. (William prefers to think of himself as a woodchuck).

$75.00

 

Harriet and the Promised Land by Jacob Lawrence.

Harriet and the Promised Land.

Magnificent paintings taken from Jacob Lawrence's Harriet Tubman series, 1939-1940, and accompanied by spare, chilling, and triumphant verse. An important book for children. An association copy: this volume formerly belonged to the artist Wolfgang M. Otto, whose African version of the Last Supper is well known. See several photos of this copy on oldchildrensbooks.com. NOTE: This book has been sold.

$80.00

 

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