First Editions of the First Five Books In the Olivia Series; Each Signed by Ian Falconer
Olivia, Olivia Saves the Circus, Olivia and the Missing Toy, Olivia Forms a Band, Olivia Helps With Christmas.
Item Number: 2075
New York: Atheneum, 2000-, 2000- 2006.
First editions of each of the five first Olivia books. Quarto, original pictorial paper boards, pictorial endpapers. The set comprises of Olivia, Olivia Saves the Circus, Olivia and the Missing Toy, Olivia Forms A Band, and Olivia Helps With Christmas. Each copy is signed by the author, “From Olivia! and Ian Falconer.” Each book is fine in a fine jacket. A very nice set with a nice inscription.
"I was just entranced by her," Ian Falconer remarked about his amusing niece, Olivia. "I wanted to make a little present for her, so I started working on the Olivia book." Falconer was inspired by his niece to begin the series, but, interestingly, he drew specific inspiration for his character from another child he encountered, incidentally also bearing the name Olivia.