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1982 'Secrets of the Gnomes' DJ, 1st Ed, Rien Poortvliet Art , Wil Hyugen, Mythology, Out-of-Print
COLLECTOR'S must have Gnome sequel by Rien Poortvliet and Wil Hyugen!!
Out-of-print 1982 first edition hardcover book – Secrets of the Gnomes. Original green faux leather cover with gilt titles fold-over flap dust jacket.
Rien Poortvliet & Wil Hyugen's fascinating account of a long, arduous journey undertaken by the authors at the request of the gnomes. It is overflowing with the authors' on-the-scene sketches and firsthand observation.
Not invited as mere observers, however, for after a meal of mushrooms and cream - tasting as if it were made of "everything that light, air, sun, moon and earth could produce" - they find that they have been turned into gnomes themselves!
Original title "De Oproep der Kabouters" in the Netherlands. Publisher: Henry N. Abrams, Inc. New York, Copyright 1981, published 1982, TRUE first American edition. ISBN 0-8109-1614-2. Not ex-library.
Quality reproduced signatures, black Rien* on dustjacket and last page. Red Rien* title page. Black Huygen and Poortvliet signatures on introduction page. Very rare to have a true signed copy - buyer beware.
Hundreds of EXQUISITELY detailed full color illustrations including loving interaction with nature for which they are so famous for. Many full & duo page color plates by renowned Holland artist Rien Poortvliet.
The authors take a penetrating look at their subjects, a fanciful journey to the gnomes' northern land in Lapland and Siberia.
They learn of the tender emotional life of a gnome; they see and diagram the mechanics of the ingenious gnome technology; They observe how gnomes administer justice in the wild; they are told how fairy tales first began (Little Red Riding Hood was actually a gnome). best of all, they are allowed to see parts of the magical Secret Book...
Subjects range from moose, cave enlargers, a stream goddess, to house warming parties. Mixing in politics and ecology in the softest manner imaginable. A favorite was the TROLL Trap - there are many ways to trap a troll.
Oversize heavy hardcover with DJ and fold-over flap, green leatherette-buckram boards embossed lettering & brilliant gilt spine titles. Bright color illustrated endpapers. MINT glossy cardstock unused pages, Unpaginated, 15" x 12". Tight binding. Fine vintage condition. Pages fine/bright/clean/unused. Cover fine/bright/clean. DJ near fine/bright/clean-light shelfwear-light yellowing-light sticker residue small spot .
Do not pass up this must have collector's gem; will make a FABULOUS gift!!
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