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  • [+] More One should not miss this chance to learn and to collect! – Michèle Noret’s Catalogue 11 


    One should not miss this chance to learn and to collect! – Michèle Noret’s Catalogue 11
    Published since 21 Nov 2013

    One year after her glorious Catalogue 10 Michèle Noret has published a new catalogue, again a wonderful collection of  remarkable picture books and illustrated children’s books of the 20th century.  Collectors and antiquarians who know the market, also know, that it is absolutely no matter to bring together such a richness and variety of book-art. Michèle Noret obviously has a good nose for this sort of books, but it is not only her resourcefulness, that helps her, it is her great knowledge and competence and her aesthetic intelligence which lead her to find these wonderful books and graphic art -  and(!) to describe them in an adequate and always informative way. Looking through her catalogues always means to get in touch with important names, styles, developments of book-art, specialties of illustrative art. The series of her catalogues (happy the collectors who kept them!) is like an international compendium of modern artist’s books for children, indispensable for an intensive knowledge in this field, a real source book thanks to the many coloured illustrations. (A desideratum would be an index of titles and artists which comprehends all of the catalogues.)

  • [+] More Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - The Man Behind the Beloved Freddy Series 


    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - The Man Behind the Beloved Freddy Series
    Published since 30 May 2013

    George Orwell’s Animal Farm (1945) is synonymous with talking animals, but Orwell wasn’t the first to populate a novel with anti-establishmentarian, anthropomorphic animals. Walter R Brooks created the beloved Freddy the Pig and his friends on Bean Farm almost two decades earlier. Though Brooks’ Freddy books aren’t as overtly political as Orwell’s work, they do depict animals overcoming corrupt authority. Brooks had a rich, varied literary career that included not only the Freddy novels, but also numerous short stories, editorials, and literary reviews

  • [+] More Kate Greenaway: Legendary Illustrator of Children’s Books 


    Kate Greenaway: Legendary Illustrator of Children’s Books
    Published since 09 May 2013

    One of the few artists to gain true celebrity from illustrating children’s books, Kate Greenaway was one of the most influential illustrators of her age. Greenaway, along with Randolph Caldecott and Walter Crane, revolutionized illustration. Popular in both Europe and the United States, Greenaway has remained highly sought after, even among contemporary children’s book collectors.

  • [+] More May 68 of Children’s Books - A New Catalogue by Michèle Noret and Jacques Desse 


    May 68 of Children’s Books - A New Catalogue by Michèle Noret and Jacques Desse
    Published since 06 Feb 2013

    Those collectors, who have discovered the beauty and incredible variety of contemporary artistic picture books , are aware of the important initiatives which were set in the 1960s in European children’s book art.  In these years the contemporary art (as  for example Surrealism and Pop art) „came into“ children’s book illustration, and since that time there is no doubt that certain picture books can be esteemed as „contemporary book-art“ - and their artists as book-artists (and not only as illustrators!) A just published catalogue of two Parisian Book Galleries shows this in a tremendous exemplification (Chez les libraires associés and Librairie Michèle Noret).

  • [+] More Artists’ Children’s Books - Catalogue 10 by Michèle Noret 


    Artists’ Children’s Books - Catalogue 10 by Michèle Noret
    Published since 07 Dec 2012

    After a longer break Michèle Noret has now published her tenth catalogue of picture books – and this is right at the time like a christmas-gift! In 2004, after having made herself independent (before she worked together with Thierry Corcelle, where she gained great experience of  illustrated children’s books in general) she began to publish her catalogues, now mainly concentrated on artists’ children’s books of the 20th century, each catalogue like a little portable gallery!  I do not (and one probably cannot) know how many collectors of this sort of illustrated books exist in the world, but I hope: many! Collecting these books is one of the most adventurous and inspiring book-activities: it does not only confront us with the beauty of book-art and illustration (which, of course, would also be a result of collecting older books!), it also motivates - through the obviously never ending great creativity of artists worldwide  in the field of book-making  - to believe in the future of  the book  (inspite of all complaints about its coming „death“). Collecting contemporary picture books (be they children’s books or  illustrated books in general) means to be aware of the great challenge that every day an hitherto unknown object of beauty might be published. There is no predestination of a repertory, there is only your own decision: are you fascinated or not!

  • [+] More Pictorial Literature - Two Children’s Books Catalogues by Sabine Keune, reviewed by F.C. Heller 


    Pictorial Literature - Two Children’s Books Catalogues by Sabine Keune, reviewed by F.C. Heller
    Published since 02 Nov 2012


    In a series of catalogues the German antiquarian bookseller Sabine Keune offers the most beautiful copies from the Martin Kaiser Collection of Pictorial Literature. Martin Kaiser collected children’s books, fairy tales  which are more than books for children: They are, in Roger Duvoisin’s words, “pictorial literature”, pieces of art, designed and illustrated by famous 20th century artists like V. Preissig, V. Lebedev, Walter Trier and Walt Disney. The illustrations in these pictorial books are influenced by the predominant artistic trends of the 20th century: from Art Nouveau to Expressionism to Avantgarde. Friedrich C. Heller’s review of Sabine Keune’s catalogue is as worth reading as the catalogue itself.

  • [+] More Children’s Books 1945 to 1960 - A Catalogue by Winfried Geisenheyner, Reviewed by Friedrich C. Heller 


    Children’s Books 1945 to 1960 - A Catalogue by Winfried Geisenheyner, Reviewed by Friedrich C. Heller
    Published since 12 Oct 2012
    Children’s books are not only for children. They enable us to look at a period in history from a children’s point of view. Children’s books printed in Germany from 1945 to 1960, for example, show how the world was in post war Germany, which was separated in East and West, and where also the children had to learn to live under the new conditions determined by the history of the half of the 20th century, and especially by World War II and its consequences. Friedrich C. Heller, who won the Second ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography in 2010 for his outstanding work „Die bunte Welt. Handbuch zum künstlerisch illustrierten Kinderbuch in Wien 1890-1938”, reviews a brand new catalogue published by the German antiquarian bookseller Winfried Geisenheyner: Kinder- und Bilderbücher von 1945 bis 1960 - Children’s Books 1945 to 1960.  This and other catalogues by ILAB dealers can be downloaded from the ILAB website.

     

  • [+] More Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - La storia di un burattino at The Private Library 


    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - La storia di un burattino at The Private Library
    Published since 13 Jul 2012

    Susan A. Burgess, writing in Children's Books and Their Creators, penned a rather harsh assessment of this celebrated story's author.  He was, she suggested, a hack journalist, an undecorated soldier, and a low-level government official whose best-known work is full of inconsistencies and contradictions, evidence of careless writing.  An assessment, incidentally, with which the author's admirers profoundly disagree.

  • [+] More A Bibliography of Unauthorised American Editions of The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter 1904-1980 


    A Bibliography of Unauthorised American Editions of The Tale of Peter Rabbit by  Beatrix Potter 1904-1980
    Published since 10 Jan 2012

    John Turner’s new bibliography is an essential guide for any devotee of  Beatrix Potter and Peter Rabbit and of illustrators of children's books during this period. Illustrated with eight pages of color photographs, it contains over 300 entries published between 1904 and 1980.

  • [+] More Collecting Rare Books and First Editions: "Every Boy Needs A Hero" 


    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions: "Every Boy Needs A Hero"
    Published since 05 Jul 2011

    American boys, in the first half of the 20th Century, often found their heroes in print, tantalizingly displayed on the shelves of the corner drugstore. These heroes usually took two forms: the superhero, such as Superman, the Green Lantern, Spiderman, etc, who populated the comic book pages published, primarily, by DC and Marvel. Their other heroes were of the mundane, albeit of an idealized nature. Tom Swift. The Hardy Boys. Their ilk, the genre known as 20th Century Boys' Serial Fiction, shall be the subject of this short essay.

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