Madeline - Ludwig Bemelmans 1939 - Simon and Schuster, New York - First Edition, First Printing In an old house in Paris, that was covered with vines, lived twelve little girls in two straight lines... the smallest one was Madeline.

First edition, first printing, of Bemelmans' classic children’s tale. A far nicer copy than usually encountered, with bright pictorial boards, and complete dust jacket without price-clipping or toning to the white lettering.
  Ludwig Bemelmans [1898-1962] was a painter, illustrator, and writer for both children and adults. The Madeline books are among the most honored children's books of all time. His childhood and early adult life was not a happy one, and he emigrated to America. On leaving the US Army as a second lieutenant in 1918 he tried his hand at illustrations but it was only in 1934 that his first book ‘Hansi’ was published.

Madeline’ appeared in 1939, followed by five more during Bemelmans’ lifetime, with a seventh discovered and published posthumously in 1999. Besides children's books, Bemelmans wrote adult books and was a contributor to Vogue, Town and Country, The New Yorker, Fortune, Harper's Bazaar, McCall's, Holiday, and Horizon. Bemelmans also did many cover illustrations for The New Yorker, he designed a set for a Broadway show, did several projects in Hollywood, and he painted murals at New York's Carlyle Hotel. [Madeleine.com]

Provenance: Contemporary gift inscription dated Xmas 1939 to Barbara from “Champ”.

First edition first printing with the date ‘1939’ to the title page which was removed for later printings. The following is not a first printing point but after a few early printings the publisher corrected the number of girls breaking bread from 12 to 11 in the half page illustration ‘
They went home and broke their bread’, because at that time Madeline was in hospital.

Folio (book size 31.2x23cm), pp. [48]. Dust jacket priced ‘$2.00’ to lower corner of front flap, all flap corners with publisher’s decorative trim, upper corner of rear flap more so, perhaps at a later date.
  Condition: Near fine, light wear to corners and spine ends, in near fine dust jacket, priced ‘$2.00’ to lower corner of front flap, closed tear to head of spine, minor rubbing to corners and spine ends, rear panel with soiling, rear flip with slight clip to upper corner.   Ref: 110260   Price: HK$ 24,000