Children's Book Art in Finland

HAMMARSTRÖM (Ninna)Fru Rana. Berättelse af Nanny Hammerström.

Helsingfors, Förlagsaktiebolaget Helios, 1908.

Small 4to, publisher’s half green buckram over colour pictorial boards. 111 pp. Swedish text. Title vignette and 66 small colour illustrations around the text. Complete.

First Edition

Nanny Matilda Hammarström (1870-1953), Finnish self-taught teacher, author and artist. She had a tragic childhood marked by the successive loss of her father and her mother, and the poverty that followed. After studying in Helsinki, she taught science and mathematics in various institutions. Around 1900 she moved to Loviisa where she became involved in the local life; she was the first woman elected to the municipal council of the city, she also chaired the library. Along with teaching, she began a career as an author writing articles for the Östra Nyland newspaper. In 1907 her first children’s book was published, Två myrors äfventyr, a tale of ants, which was successful abroad and translated into several languages ​​(English, German, Russian, Norwegian…). Fru Rana, her second book tells the adventures of Lady Frog, with illustrations by the author. She published eleven books in total, all on the theme of nature and animals, mixing imagination and scientific knowledge and sometimes idealizing the childhood she never had.

Ref. / Not in Bilderwelt im Kinderbuch nor in Catalogue of the Cotsen Children’s Library

A very good copy.

Price: 150,00 euros


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