Madeline's Rescue - Ludwig Bemelmans 1953 - Viking, New York - First Edition One day on a walk through Paris, Madeline slips and falls off a bridge right into the Seine. Everyone feared she would be dead, ‘But for a dog that kept its head,’ saving her from a ‘watery grave.’ And so the adventure begins….

Recipient of the 1954 Caldecott Medal, with illustrations by the author.
  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 Stage Town and Country, and Horizon. Bemelmans also did many cover illustrations for The New Yorker, he designed a set for a Broadway show and did several projects in Hollywood. And he painted murals at New York's Carlyle Hotel. []

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  Condition: Fine and fabulous copy in very good to near fine bright jacket with some light chipping and a few very short closed tears to jacket edges.   Ref: 102809   Price: HK$ 6,400