First Edition of Ludwig Bemelmans Madeline; Signed by Him




Item Number: 135258

New York: Simon and Schuster, 1939.

First edition with the 1939 date on the title page of the first book in the Madeline series. Thin folio, original illustrated boards, color illustrations throughout, illustrated endpapers. Boldly signed by Ludwig Bemelmans on the front free endpaper. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Rare and desirable signed.

First published in 1939, each Madeline story begins: "In an old house in Paris, that was covered with vines, lived twelve little girls in two straight lines... the smallest one was Madeline." “The original inspiration for Madeline was the convent where Bemelmans’ mother was educated as a child, along with the author’s own experience in boarding school, where he walked with his classmates in two straight lines” (Silvey, 55).

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