Signed By Author Laurent De Brunnoff
Random House, 1940. FIRST EDITION, first printing. Very good solid condition throughout, wear at edges. Signed by author's son Laurent, who was to take over the Babar franchise following this, his father's last publication. It was Laurent who in fact made Babar the international marketing sensation he has become. Publisher's pictorial boards, pictorial endpapers, attractive Color-printed pictorial title-page, illustrated throughout. Large folio (14 1/4 x 10 in.; 363 x 255 mm) Featuring calligraphic text and wonderful color lithos throughout. "In this charming story, Babar visits Father Christmas and suggests that he take a vacation in the elephants' country. In gratitude, Father Christmas gives Babar a magic Santa suit which will enable him to fly through the air and deliver presents on Christmas eve to all the little elephants, beginning yet another wonderful western tradtion in Celesteville." Needless to say, a cherished volume which would make a spectacular holiday gift or addition to any collection. Translated by Merle Haas. 40 pages.