France

Chaplet of Pearls. Yonge/Strang Page, 1926/1868, 1st printing thus.

The Chaplet of Pearls.

A romance of 16th century France. Note: This book has been sold.

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$22.00

 

Family Sabbatical.

Family Sabbatical.

With her usual warmth Brink tells how the Ridgeways from Family Grandstand, Susan, George, and Dumpling, go to France. They meet a real princess, loose a precious doll, find their dear Mademoiselle again. Based a sabbatical taken by Brink's own family. Note: This book has been sold.

$100.00

 

Hilda and her Doll.

Hilda and her Doll.

Hilda played happily in her Greneda, West Indies home, unaware that she was soon to be sent thousands of miles away, to France, to school. Her father felt the experience of "finding her level" would be good for her character, but for a long time she was miserable at school. Her classmates teased her for the wonderful gift her nurse had given her, a beautiful handmade West Indian doll. The international flavour of this book keeps it from being a Sunday School tract.

$45.00

 

21224 The Story of the Wise Men carved by Gislebertus.

The Story of the Wise Men carved by Gislebertus.

Gislebertus hoc fecit, a rare record of an individual artist from the 12th century. Beautiful photographs of the sculpture of the master of the cathedral of Autun, humorous and spiritual, grand and lovingly detailed. The first half of the book retells the story of the Wise Men from St. Matthew, the second half of the book is an article by Régine Pernoud and Canon Grivot discussing the significance of the Romanesque master.
  THIS BOOK HAS BEEN SOLD

$18.00

 

21597 Coucou la Goutte by Terré

Coucou la Goutte/Plays her Part in the War.

"Captain Hélene Terré is the Commandant of the Voluntaires Françaises of the Free French Forces. She herself has experienced the bitterness of seeing her country over-run by the Germans and has been supported by the knowledge that she is helping to keep the flame of freedom burning. Something of this is reflected in Coucou's life. She is a little black French girl, who, after an adventurous escape from France succeeds in joining the Free French and carrying out a dangerous job which brings glory to her and success to her cause." (flap) A straightforward morale-building wartime story in French and English, illustrated simply with bright colours, about a brave and patriotic young girl. (La goutte is her drop of French blood, interesting in view of present conditions.) NOTE: This book has been sold.

$40.00

 

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

 

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

 

Madeline's Rescue.

"Poor Madeline would now be dead, but for a dog that kept its head."

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$50.00

 

Madeline.

Every generation of little girls falls in love Madeline!

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$35.00

 

The Boy and the River (L'enfant et la riviere).

A poetic tale of a boy and the river that calls to him.

$22.00

 

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