By the author of “84 Charing Cross Road”

Helene HANFFTerrible Thomas. Story by Helene Hanff. Pictures by Fritz Siebel.

New York, Evanston, and London, Harper & Row, Publishers, (1964).

Narrow 4to, publisher’s half black cloth over colour illustrated boards, matching colour illustrated dust jacket. (34) pp., text illustrations in black and yellow, a few full-page and one folding. Complete.

First Edition.

Lovely children’s book by the American writer Helene Hanff (1916-1997); author of plays, she also wrote screenplays for television. In the autumn 1949, Helene Hanff discovered the existence of the Marks & Co bookshop, located at 84, Charing Cross Road, in London, specializing in old and rare books. She placed an order and initiated a privileged correspondence with the bookseller Frank Doel (1908-1968). It gradually became a more familiar and friendly relationship that lasted 20 years and whose story was published in 1970, under the title “84, Charing Cross Road”. This epistolary book was a huge success on both sides of the Atlantic and was the subject of a film adaptation, with Anne Bancroft in the role of Helene and Anthony Hopkins in the role of Frank Doel, in 1987. Helen passed away at the age of 80 in a retirement home and penniless, she confessed to having missed the most important of her appointments: Frank Doel had died a few years before she could afford the trip to London, and the bookstore Marks & Co was closed forever.

Amusing, lively illustration by American artist Frederick “Fritz” Siebel (1913-1991). Born in Vienna to Czechoslovakian parents, he studied at the Kunstgewerbeschule [School of Applied Arts] and emigrated to the United States in 1936. He worked as a graphic artist in advertising (including posters and brochures for Paramount Pictures studios) and drew attention with his Eleanor Roosevelt award-winning “Someone Talked” war poster. There followed a growing success and work for many magazines. In 1957 he created the famous mascot Mr Clean for the cleaning products firm Procter & Gamble. He illustrated children’s books from 1958 (notably Peggy Parish’s books). In the 1960s he set up his own advertising agency Frederick Siebel Associates.

Nice copy, complete with the rare dust jacket.

Ref. Not in Catalogue of the Cotsen Children’s Library

Price: 400,00 euros

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