Anti War Little Red Riding Hood

MOREAU-VAUTHIER (Charles)

Histoire du Petit Chaperon rouge racontée par Ch. Moreau-Vauthier, imagée par Guy Arnoux [= The Story of Little Red Riding Hood told by Ch. Moreau-Vauthier, with Images by Guy Arnoux].

Paris, [A.-G. L’Hoir for] Librairie Lutetia, (1917).

8vo, publisher’s green paper wrappers with colour illustrated round label mounted on the first side, untrimmed, red cord. (20) pp. Illustrations throughout by Guy Arnoux, hand-coloured by M. Nervet. Complete.

First and only edition limited to 100 copies.

A patriotic reinterpretation of the famous tale published during the First World War. “It is not difficult to anticipate the identity of the wolf. Even Grand-Mère’s cap does not disguise the point at the top of the helmet (Pickelhaube)… As with most of Arnoux’s illustrations, the style is simplified and powerful” (En Guerre). Moreau-Vauthier follows the German Brothers Grimm retelling, in which a huntsman saves the little girl and her grandmother.

It is one of the rarest titles illustrated by the famous French artist and book illustrator Guy Arnoux (1886-1951).

Excellent copy.

Ref. Catalogue of the Cotsen Children’s Library, 7515/ Neil Harris & Teri J. Edelstein, En Guerre, 96 / Not in Babar, Harry Potter & Cie (BnF) nor in Bilderwelt im Kinderbuch.