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1970's 'The Velveteen Rabbit' DJ, William Nicholson Illustrations, Margery Williams, Original Story & Art, Collector's Edition
This heartwarming classic is perfect for any child who's ever thought that maybe, just maybe, his or her toys have feelings. Awarded IRA/CBC Children's Choice award. Teachers Top 100 Books for Children!!
COLLECTOR'S 1970's early edition vintage children's hardcover book - The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams. Extraordinary original art by Sir William Nicholson who was knighted in 1936. Has original unclipped dust jacket with $3.95 price on flap. MINT pages.
This is the original story and illustrations as they first appeared in 1922. The Velveteen Rabbit was Williams' first children's book and it was the most popular out of all her other children's books. Nicholson illustrated several books, and became most famous as a portrait painter. Many of his portraits and still life paintings hang today in museums and galleries throughout England.
Publisher: Doubleday & Co, Garden City, New York, U.S.A., Copyright: no date printed, circa late 1970's 1980's, 20th printing. ISBN 0-385-07725-4. Not ex-library. "Winner of the 1971 Lewis Carroll Shelf Award" on dj front flap. Back dj flap features a children's book published in 1961.
Gorgeous illustrations; each a brilliant work of art includes full page and two duo page color plates. We love the stunning fairy illustration. Charming color illustrated endpapers; rabbits all over pages. Photos do not fully capture exact hues & exquisite detail; wait until you see. WOW!
PLOT: A stuffed toy rabbit (with real thread whiskers) comes to life in Margery Williams's timeless tale of the transformative power of love. Given as a Christmas gift to a young boy, the Velveteen Rabbit lives in the nursery with all of the other toys, waiting for the day when the Boy (as he is called) will choose him as a playmate. In time, the shy Rabbit befriends the tattered Skin Horse, the wisest resident of the nursery, who reveals the goal of all nursery toys: to be made "real" through the love of a human.
"'Real isn't how you are made,' said the Skin Horse. 'It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.'" Like the Skin Horse, Margery Williams understood how toys--and people--become real through the wisdom and experience of love.
Hardcover, unclipped DJ, $3.95 on flap, color pictorial dj & glossy pictorial boards, illustrated rabbit endpapers, 44pp, 9"x6". Pages Mint. Binding tight. Excellent vintage condition. Pages fine/bright/clean-minimal shelfwear if any. Cover excellent/bright/clean overall/light shelfwear includes light corner-spine tips bumped. DJ very good+/color bright/general shelfwear includes light edge chipping-2 very small tears.
Do not pass up this must have collector's gem; will make a FABULOUS gift!!
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