Babar at Home First Edition by Jean de Brunhoff:
Original maroon cloth hard boards with light blue cloth, strip spine. Bright coloured illustrated covers with the Babar elephant family grouped around story time. The book is protected with a clear film. Edges a little worn and scratches on the rear cover but remains a bright and very presentable copy. End pages illustrated with blue background and line of grey elephants. Internally very clean and tidy, free from children’s scribbles, tears or marks. Colours are bright in all the illustrations. A very good first edition Babar at Home. Large format, 37 x 27cm. 40 pp.
This is a charming edition following the adventures of Babar the Elephant and his growing family by one of the greatest picture book authors, Jean de Brunhoff. Inspired by the stories his wife told their two boys he wrote seven Babar books before his untimely death at the age of 37 after which his son, Laurent, continued to write and illustrate the elephant stories. This story involves close encounters with snakes, fires and runaway prams and are delightfully illustrated and re-told to charm the reader. These tales have been enjoyed for over 80 years and this first edition is a fine copy of the cherished elephant character, Babar at Home. A beautifully presented copy.