|Publisher||Simon And Schuster|
Simon and Schuster, 1942. First Edition. Year on title page. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Very good condition, dark red cloth with corner bumps few small white spots. Pages clean. Binding good. Hendrick Wilhem Van Loon author and illustrator. Brightly colored illustrated endpages. Black and white and color drawings throughout. This book tells the story of the lives, the backgrounds, the achievements, and the personal philosophies of nearly fifty of the great men and women of the past, from plato and confucius to fridtjof nansen and thomas jefferson. Van loon's lives, a big book of more than six hundred pages overflowing with the inimitable illustrations both in full colour and black and whit by the author, is dr van loon's first major work in more than five years. It carries on the tradition begun by the story of mankind, the home of mankind, and the arts. Where those great best-sellers told of the history, the home, and the creative genius of mankind, this latest book is the story of the aspirations of mankind, of the never-ending struggle for liberty of mind and action. "Being a true and faithful account of a number of highly interesting meetings with certain historical personages, from Confucius and Plato to Voltaire and Thomas Jefferson, about whom we had always felt a great deal of curiosity and who came to us as our dinner guests in a bygone year." 888 pages.