"American Picturebooks from Noah's Ark to The Beast Within" was written by Barbara Bader and copyrighted 1976. This 615 page book contains a detailed historical study of American picturebooks for children, packed with information. From the blurb: 'A picturebook is text, illustrations, total design; an item of manufacture and a commercial product; a social, cultural and historical document; and, foremost, an experience for a child.'So begins this first historical study of American children's picturebooks. Central to it is the nature of the picturebook as an art form, its development from a medium of entertainment and instruction to a means of illuminating for the child his innermost feelings—of telling him about himself.
The careers of numerous artists and writers are interwoven, along with the role of key editors; the influence of social trends and artistic currents; the effect of changes in printing technology and market conditions; the impact of motion pictures, cartoons and comic strips. Special attention is given to photographic books and informational books, and to mass-market publishing -topics not dealt with in any detail before. The dominant consideration is the individual picturebook-how it works and what it says. Many of those discussed are well known, others were well known once, and some are simply worth knowing. Often they are represented by more than one illustration – sometimes by many."
Illustrators and authors include Dr. Suess, Golden Books, Rojankovsky, Robert McCloskey and many many morre.
The book is in fine in near-fine condition and is complete with its dustwrapper. The dust jacket has some tearing at the corners and a small tear on the top edge.