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Circus Baby Petershams Macmillan 1950, 1st or early.

The Circus Baby.

In one of the Petersham's most charming books, Mother Elephant tries to teach her baby to eat at the table, just as her friends the clown family do. She herself is too big to fit at all and the baby makes a mess just as the clowns arrive! NOTE: THIS BOOK HAS BEEN SOLD.

$125.00

 

20090 The Little Elephant by Williamson illus Hader.

Little Elephant.

A charming little book! Told in the first person by the little elephant, whose life revolves around his great mother. With expressive pictures on every page above the short text; four coloured pictures, incl. frontis.

$100.00

 

21112 Babar and his Children by de Brunhoff.

Babar and His Children.

The tender story of Babar en famille. Extra shipping will be required for international and priority shipping because of the size and weight of this book.

$95.00

 

21484 Nogbad and the Elephants by Postgate.

Nogbad and the Elephants.

A baby monster (elephant) with a sad face arrives at the court of King Noggin the Nog and is soon stolen by the cunning King Nogbad the Bad. Right triumphs and Prince Kurt takes him back to his mother. Drawings on every page in pink, yellow.

$75.00

 

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

 

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