unpaginated with both black and white and full color pictures including pictorial title page. Folio (12 14" x 9 1/4") bound in stiff publisher's original pictorial boards in original pictorial jacket. Translated from the Swedish by Siri Andrews. First English edition. First published in Sweden in 1907.
Elsa Beskow was a Swedish author and illustrator of children's books. Among her better known books are Tale of the Little Little Old Woman and Aunt Green, Aunt Brown and Aunt Lavender. In 1894 Beskow started to contribute to the children's magazine Jultomten. Overall, she would publish some forty books with her own text and images. Beskow frequently combined reality with elements from the fairy tale world. Children meet elves or goblins, and farm animals talk with people. Central themes were the relationships between children and adults and children's independent initiative.
Beskow became one of the most well known of all Swedish children's book artists. Many of her books became classics and are continually reprinted. Beskow also illustrated ABC books and songbooks for Swedish schools. Book pages are often framed by decorative framework of the Art Nouveau style.
Text block separated from spine, jacket heavily chipped at spine and edges else a very good copy in a fair jacket.