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1979 Tasha Tudor’s 'The Springs of Joy’, RARE First Edition, Illustrated, Poetry, Nature, Corgi Dogs, Cats
Caldecott medal winner 'Tasha Tudor' is one of America's most loved and respected children's illustrators; and this gem is a masterpiece!!
COLLECTOR'S 1979 first edition original vintage children's hardcover book - The Springs of Joy by extraordinary artist Tasha Tudor.
Beautiful collection of quotes, prose, and poems by the literary greats. Speaking of dreams, nature, animals, solitude, and peace within; things in life that are eternal and will always bring delight and happiness. Gorgeous full page color plates and duo page, many drawings and elaborate flower border decorations; each watercolor painting a superb work of art.
Publisher: Rand McNally, New York, Copyright, stated first printing, 1979, 2nd printing 1985, printed in Italy. ISBN 0528820478. No dustjacket as issued. Not ex-library.
Clues to a unique way of life exist in abundance in Tasha Tudor's art. Candle-lit rooms, food cooked at a open hearth, weaving - find their way into her books. Children & adults dressed in charming styles of last century. It's like looking through a family album. Granddaughter Laura in snowshoes, or contemplating the cat, the house in the snow in Redding, Connecticut, children enjoying tea with beloved family friend - Horatio Rabbit.
Simple activities - Picnicking in meadow, canoeing in a secluded pond, romping with the corgis, jumping from hayloft, tending to goats and chickens. Illustrations include: Corgi dogs, floral bouquets, sweet children, period drawings, farm animals, historical fashion, lovely cats, & more. Lovely floral illustrated endpapers. Photos do not fully capture color hues and exquisite detail; wait until you see these pictures up close. WOW!
Some of the poets, authors, and out-of-print writers include: William Shakespeare, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Sarah Orne Jewett, Henry David Thoreau, William Wordsworth, Walt Whitman, Socrates, Edgar Allen Poe, Oscar Wilde, Ralph Waldo Emerson, William Butler Yeat, Mark Twain, and a final quotation by Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
Oversize hardcover, stunning illustrated color glossy boards & elaborate titles. 11" x 9", 64pp. Pages and illustrations FINE. Binding tight. Fine vintage condition. Pages fine/bright/clean/fep inscription. Cover near fine/excellent/bright/clean-light shelfwear includes light corner-spine ends bumping.
One inspirational quote: "the finest thing in the world is knowing how to belong to oneself" ~ Michel de Montaigne of Solitude.
Do not pass up this hard-to-find collector's gem; will make a FABULOUS gift!!
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