New York: The Viking Press, 1956. William Pène du Bois. First Edition. Hardcover. First printing, quarto size, 37 pp. Very good + / near fine. Item #CNJWEM019
"Lion" tells the story of the creation of animals, in a place called the Animal Factory, where artists design all the different animals of the world; one artist in particular struggles with his design of a new animal, the lion. William Pène du Bois (1916-1993) demonstrates his expertise in both writing and illustrating in this charming volume; Pène du Bois won the Newbery Medal for his book "The Twenty-One Balloons" in 1948, and, for books he illustrated, he was the runner-up for the Caldecott Medal twice, one of which was for "Lion".
The book is replete with Pène du Bois' illustrations, both in black and white and in colour, accompanying a creative tale of art and animals.
___DESCRIPTION: Quarter beige cloth with yellow cloth boards, orange illustrations of lions debossed upon the beige cloth on the front and rear boards, orange lettering on the spine, endpapers with illustrations of lions and floral initials of the letter "L" in green, tan, red, and white, frontispiece a line illustration in black with the animals in colour, title page in beige, black, and red with yellow floral initials of the letter "L", line drawings in black and full-page colour illustrations throughout; quarto size (10" by 7.75"), pagination: [1-4] 5-36 . In a white paper dust jacket with colour illustration and black lettering on the front panel, blue and beige geometric pattern and black lettering on the spine, geometric pattern in green, tan, and red with black and yellow lettering on the rear panel, a description of the book with line drawings in black on the front flap, and a list of other books by the author on the rear flap.
___CONDITION: Volume is very good plus, with a strong, square text block with solid hinges, and the interior is clean and bright; some toning/soiling to the edges and joints of the boards, light rubbing to the tail of the spine and back bottom corner, several pages with light yellow offsetting, and a prior owner inscription on the front free endpaper, above which is an erasure mark which has rubbed away some of the green colour near the top edge. The dust jacket is near fine, price-clipped, clean overall with light spots of soiling, light edge wear to the head and tail of the spine and corners, light soiling to the verso.
___CITATION: Bader pp. 178-81.
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