First Edition of the "Definitive Edition" of the Song of Robin Hood; Inscribed by Virginia Lee Burton

  • Song of Robin Hood.

Song of Robin Hood.


Item Number: 641

Cambridge, MA: The Riverside Press, 1947.

First edition of this classic retelling of Robin Hood. Quarto, original cloth, illustrated. Presentation, inscribed by Virginia Lee Burton, “Greetings to the ‘Caner’ from Virginia Lee Burton.” Near fine in the original dust jacket with some wear and tear.

Anne Malcolmson, Grace Castagnetta, and Caldecott medalist Virginia Lee Burton joined forces in 1947 to produce the definitive edition of The Song of Robin Hood. Their triumphant achievement was one of the most distinctive presentations of the legend ever published, and it received a Caldecott Honor Medal in 1948. Through meticulous research and unfailing perseverance, Anne Malcolmson rediscovered fifteen of the original ballads of Robin Hood; Grace Castagnetta adapted them to modern musical notation. Virginia Lee Burton spent three years on drawings to accompany the songs, ultimately producing a work of art filled with exquisite detail and worthy of comparison to the greatest illuminated manuscripts of the medieval era.

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