First Edition of Snowflake Bentley; Signed by Jacqueline Briggs Martin and the Illustrator Mary Azarian
Briggs Martin, Jacqueline; Illustrated by Mary Azarian.$1,400.00
Item Number: 39018
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1998.
First edition of this Caldecott Medal award-winning book about Wilson Bentley, the first known photographer of snowflakes. Oblong quarto, original boards. Signed by both Jacqueline Briggs Martin and Mary Azarian, who has drawn a picture of a cottage with hills. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
Most children are captivated by snow, but how many go on to make it their lifework? This beautiful biography, winner of the 1999 Caldecott Medal, tells the true story of a Vermont farm boy who was mesmerized by snowflakes. Wilson Bentley was fascinated by the six-sided frozen phenomena, and once he acquired a microscope with a camera, his childhood preoccupation took on a more scientific leaning. Bentley spent his life taking countless exquisite photographs (many that are still used in nature photography today), examining the tiny crystals and their delicate, mathematical structures. Jacqueline Briggs Martin tells this tale with simple, graceful prose that will engage children's imaginations. Edifying and snowflake-scattered sidebars offer more information about Bentley's methods and snowflake science. The artwork of Mary Azarian, whose 19th-century hand-press illustrations decorate the charming Barn Cat, shines once again in Snowflake Bentley, with woodcuts that reveal an appreciation for detail as well as for the man who loved snow.