(Finland, Werner Söderström Osakeyhtiö, 1960).
4to, publisher’s half grey cloth over colour pictorial boards. (26) pp. Swedish text. Complete.
Illustrations throughout in b/w and colour by Tove Jansson.
The second of three Moomin picture books by Tove Jansson, one of the most celebrated illustrators of the 20th century.
Tove Marika Jansson (1914-2001) was born in Helsinki to the graphic artist, Signe Hammarsten and the sculptor Viktor Jansson. She grew up with her two brothers Per Olov and Lars in an ambitious artistic family, living and breathing art. The open-minded, bohemian atmosphere encouraged the talented young Jansson to search for her own artistic expression, which produced striking results with intuitive certainty from an early age. In the midst of the mass bombings of Helsinki in 1944, Jansson managed to get an attic studio in the centre of the Helsinki. The studio became her cherished home, a source of power and a haven, where she created her most renowned paintings and texts. It was there that Jansson finished her first story featuring Moomintroll. The Moomins and the Great Flood (1945) was the first volume in the series that was to become the most prominent and best-known part of Jansson’s career as an artist. She was awarded the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Medal for her work in children’s literature.
Ref. Bilderwelt im Kinderbuch, 2837 (later edition) / Le Livre de jeunesse suédois, Institut suédois, 2003, 14 / Not in Catalogue of the Cotsen Children’s Books
Price: 500,00 euros
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