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Le Roi Babar - Jean de Brunhoff

1933 - Editions du Jardin des Modes, 11 rue St. Florentin à Paris - First Edition
A lovely clean copy of the first edition, and third book in the wonderful Babar series, with text in French.

‘The inspiration for Babar came from Madame de Brunhoff, Jean’s wife, who told stories about a little elephant to amuse her young children. Their enthusiasm for the tales encouraged their artist father to shape them into illustrated books.’ (Silvey)

Le Roi Babar depicts the peaceful idyllic world of Celesteville that, when threatened by ignorance, discouragement, cowardice, and fear, rises up to welcome hope, patience, learning, and courage. Zephir, the monkey, proudly closes the tale carrying a banner that proclaims, simply, "Vive Le Bonheur". 
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Price HK$ 4,500