Rien Poortvliet and Wil Hyugen spent over twenty years observing life and works of the Gnome. Includes history and lore of these magical creatures.
SCARCE 1977 first edition, first printing hardcover book - Gnomes. Collector's faux leather cover with brilliant gilt gnome and original fold-over flap dust jacket. Hundreds of exquisitely detailed full color illustrations; many full and duo page color plates by renowned Holland artist Rien Poortvliet.
Original title "Leven en Werken van de Kabouter" in the Netherlands. Publisher: Peacock Press/ Bantam Books, NY, Copyright 1976, published 1977, TRUE first American edition, probable first printing. Sbn: 01131-6. No isbn. Not later anniversary reprint. Not ex-library.
Quality reproduced signatures, red Rien* title page, black Huygen and Poortvliet signatures on introduction page (be aware that sellers claiming that the signatures in this book are real are most likely making false claims).
Maps-diagrams, outstanding section shows cutaway of Gnomes house-collector's dream on its own (no photo-scanner to small). Poortvliet portrays Gnome families in their daily-actually nightly activities-since Gnomes never leave their underground houses in daylight.
Wil Hyugen's detailed observations of gnomes' habits, anatomy and lifestyle. Do you know that a Gnome is seven times stronger than a human? Or that Gnome couples always have twin children? Follow gnomes as they chop wood, build houses, forage for animal hair, work with medicinal herbs and in Gnome foundry, educate their children, court, marry, and travel on a honeymoon!
Sections: History; Legends; House-building; Geographical Range; Clothing; Courtship and Marriage; Physiology; Learn how Gnomes Tell Time; Gnomes and Acupuncture; Relationships with Animals; Animal Aid; Language; Glassblowing; Basketry and Weaving; Where Gnomes Go On Their Honeymoon; Illness and Remedies; Growing Old and more.
Oversize heavy hardcover, DJ & fold-over flap, brown leatherette-buckram boards, brilliant front gilt gnome and spine titles. color illustrated endpapers. FINE un-numbered glossy cardstock pages (approx 200), 15" x 12". Tight binding. Fine vintage condition overall.
Cover fine/bright/clean/very minimal shelfwear. Pages fine/bright/clean/title page has holiday inscription. DJ very good/good/bright/clean overall/general shelfwear includes yellowing-scuffing-light edgewear-spotting-scratches-creasing. No tears.
Children will adore gnome family's underground home and constant interaction with animals; adults will appreciate tongue-in-cheek scientific data.
Do not pass up this rare collector's gem; will make a FABULOUS gift!!
1977 Gnomes 'Rien Poortvliet' Art, RARE First Edition, First Printing, DJ, Fantasy, Wil Hyugen, Author Auto Signed, Dutch Artist, Mythology, Folklore, Pages MINT
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