"This is George. He lived in Africa. He was very happy. But He had one fault: he was too curious": First edition, first printing of Curious George; Finely Bound
Item Number: 119542
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1941.
First edition, first printing of the first book in the Curious George series. Quarto, pictorial endpapers, bound in full morocco, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands, gilt ruled and illustration to the front panel, all edges gilt. In fine condition. First editions are rare.
The Curious George books, about the inquiring young monkey who left his jungle home to live with the Man with Yellow Hat, were written by Margret Rey and illustrated by her husband, Hans Augusto Rey, beginning with the publication of the first book in 1941. The couple fled Paris in June 1940, on self-made bicycles, carrying the Curious George manuscript with them. An animated film, Curious George, featuring Will Ferrell as the voice of the originally unnamed Man With the Yellow Hat, was released on February 10, 2006. In this film (in which The Man is referred to as "Ted"), Curious George secretly follows The Man onto the ship to the city on his own accord. Frank Welker provided the vocal effects of Curious George.