Caldecott medal winners Ingri & Edgar Parin D'Aulaire captured Benjamin Franklin's charm, genius and humor in this children's MASTERPIECE!!
COLLECTOR'S scarce 1950 out-of-print true stated first edition, first printing vintage hardcover children's book with beautiful color pictorial cover - Benjamin Franklin by Ingri & Edgar Parin D'Aulaire. Inventor, philosopher, writer, publisher and adviser for the Declaration of Independence, Ben Franklin brought to a new and growing nation his intelligence and wit.
An intuitive understanding of the things children love to know, combined with the d'Aulaire's extraordinary artistic ability, and pert 'Poor Richard's Almanac' aphorisms makes Benjamin Franklin's exciting history come to life. On numerous MUST have educational lists for any children's book collection including: A NCSS-CBC Notable Children's Book in the Field of Social Studies, A Child Study Children's Book Committee and Children's Book of the Year.
Publisher: Doubleday & Doran, Garden City, NY, Copyright, 1950 stated first edition, first printing. Lithographed In USA. Has signature marks including no isbn and original brown cloth spine. Provenance: Has small book sticker on front endpaper - Hathaway House Bookshop in Wellesley, Mass. We love knowing where a rare book like this was originally purchased. Not ex-library. Not Junior Guild. Not later paperback printing.
D'Aulaire's brilliant artistic ability shines through in their pain-staking stone lithography process, known for vivid lasting color, used for their American history biographies. Folk art style lithograph prints, exquisite detail in full color & sepia tones. Approx 20 full page plates; each painting a stunning work of art. Pennsylvania Dutch decorations, elaborate border illustrations, color and black & white drawings on every page. Scenes of Colonial life, Franklin's experiments, children playing & more.
Readers will learn that Benjamin was the youngest of seventeen children "all counted" and that "it was a piece of luck that his kite experiment had not killed him." They will also come to know the inventor whose thirst for knowledge led him to constantly seek to improve the lives of his fellow men. Readers will follow his life as a leader in the American Revolution and ambassador to both Britain and France and learn why the French hailed him as the man who "tore the lightening from the sky and the scepter from tyrants."
D'Aulaire's Biography: Edgar Parin, Swiss citizenship, born in Munich, Germany to noted Italian portrait painter Gino Parin. Edgar, a pupil of Henri Matisse, studied fresco in Florence, painted murals in France and Norway, and exhibited in Paris, Berlin and Oslo. Ingri Mortenson born in Kongsberg, Norway, when she was 15, renowned Norwegian painter Harriet Backer encouraged her to pursue art as a career. They met in Munich where both were studying art in the 1920's. Moved to U.S.,lived and worked in Wilton, Connecticut, from 1941 until their deaths in the 1980s.
In the U.S. they began to create picture books that have established their reputation for unique craftsmanship; known for their vivid lasting color, pain-staking process of stone lithography used for all their American history biographies. Worked as a team on art and text. Their research took them to actual places of their biographies, including Italy, Portugal and Spain when researching Columbus; hills of Virginia researching Washington; and wilds of Kentucky and Illinois for Abraham Lincoln, winner of the Caldecott Medal. Other American folk heroes include: Pocahontas and Buffalo Bill.
Quarto hardcover, duo side color pictorial, pictorial paper boards and brown cloth spine. Approx 45pp, 10" x 8". Binding tight. Illustrations MINT. Pages near fine/bright/clean/fbep light shelfwear. Cover very good/bright/clean overall/general shelfwear includes scuffing-rubbing/spine tips-corners bumped-board-peek-front cat drawn.
Do not pass up this rare collector's award winning gem; will make a FABULOUS gift!!