Rien Poortvliet and Wil Hyugen spent over twenty years observing life and works of the Gnome. Includes history and lore of these magical creatures.
SCARCE 1977 first edition hardcover book - Gnomes. Collector's faux leather cover with brilliant gilt gnome and original fold-over flap dust jacket. Hundreds of EXQUISITELY detailed full color illustrations; many full & duo page color plates by renowned Holland artist Rien Poortvliet.
Original title "Leven en Werken van de Kabouter" in the Netherlands. Publisher: Henry N. Abrams, Inc. New York, Copyright 1976, published 1977, true first American edition. ISBN 0810909650. NOT ex-library.
Quality reproduced signatures, red Rien* title page, black Huygen and Poortvliet signatures on introduction page.
Maps-diagrams, outstanding section shows cutaway of Gnomes house-collector's dream on its own (no photo-scanner to small). Poortvliet portrays Gnome families in their daily-actually nightly activities-since Gnomes never leave their underground houses in daylight.
Wil Hyugen's detailed observations of gnomes' habits, anatomy and lifestyle. Do you know that a Gnome is seven times stronger than a human? Or that Gnome couples always have twin children? Follow gnomes as they chop wood, build houses, forage for animal hair, work with medicinal herbs and in Gnome foundry, educate their children, court, marry, and travel on a honeymoon!
Children will adore gnome family's underground home and constant interaction with animals; adults will appreciate tongue-in-cheek scientific data.
Oversize heavy hardcover with DJ and fold-over flap, brown leatherette-buckram boards has brilliant front gilt gnome and gilt spine titles. Bright color illustrated endpapers. 212 FINE glossy unused cardstock pages, 15" x 12". Tight binding. Excellent vintage condition.
Cover fine/bright/clean-minimal shelfwear. Pages near fine/bright/clean-minimal wear-fbep small area light rippling/last 3pp text-few small spots. DJ very good++/bright/clean-light shelfwear-light yellowing-scuffing-light scratches-1 back wrinkle-light small soft creasing. Cover photo cuts off little writing on left(only picture).
Do not pass up this rare collector's gem; will make a FABULOUS gift!!