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1952 'The Wee Men of Ballywooden' Fairy Tales, Elves, Robert Lawson Illustrations, Little People, Irish, Out-of-Print
COLLECTOR'S 1952 out-of-print vintage children's hardcover illustrated book - The Wee Men of Ballywooden.
Extraordinary Irish fairy tales by Arthur Mason. Brilliant pen and ink drawings by Caldecott Medal winner Robert Lawson.
Publisher: Doubleday Doran and Company, originally published 1930, Viking Press, New York, August 1952 first edition, first printing of this edition. Text unchanged from original edition. No isbn. Not ex-library.
Two fantastic Irish tales of elfin 'little people' - the WEE MEN of Ireland. 'The Night of the Big Wind' and 'Coggelty-Curry'; each has several chapters. Magnificent mythical characters: Elves, Crane Chaser, Fairy Bagpipes, Counter-of Lark-Eggs, Stooker-of-Wheat Sheaves, Grunty-the-Fisherman, Jadkdawa, Quarryman, the Paver, animals, dogs, birds and others.
Four brilliant full page black & white plates. Numerous illustrations includes, half-page, and smaller drawings. Double page pictorial endpapers. Photos do not fully capture shading, hues and intricate detail; wait until you see. WOW!
PLOT: Old Danny O'Fay and donkey lived in hut by sea, Danny sold fish around country. Here is what happened night of Big Wind when Danny's thatched roof was stripped completely-and Wee Men were blown out of Ballywooden...
Robert Lawson: One of America's greatest twentieth-century children's book illustrators, a master of pen and ink drawing, and magazine illustrator. He was the first, and only person to be given both the Caldecott Medal "They Were Strong and Good"(1941) and Newbery Medal "Rabbit Hill"(1945).
This work of fiction first brought him to popular attention, his second book, long thought to be his first, was `Little Prince Toofat'. Also known for his 1930's wonderful fairy etchings. The Story of Ferdinand (1936), Mr. Popper's Penguins, Newbery Medal winner and author of Rabbit Hill, Ben and Me earned a 1961 Lewis Carroll Shelf Award.
Black octavo hardcover, black cloth boards & teal green decoration and titles, 267 cardstock pages. Illustrations MINT. Binding tight. Excellent vintage condition. Cover excellent/bright/clean-light general shelfwear includes corner bump. Pages excellent/bright/clean-light wear-few pp corner crease.
Do not pass up this rare collector's gem; will make a FABULOUS gift!!
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