"No work, as long as it is decent, can ever disgrace anybody": First Edition, later printing of The Story of the Trapp Family Singers; Boldly Signed by Maria Von Trapp

  • The Story of the Trapp Family Singers.

The Story of the Trapp Family Singers.

Item Number: 50018

Philadelphia: J.P. Lippincott & Company, 1949.

First edition, later printing of the story of the Trapp family singers. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Maria Von Trapp on the front free endpaper. Bookplate to the pastedown and name, near fine in a near fine dust jacket.

In her own, beautiful, simple words, the Baroness Maria Augusta Trapp tells the dramatic story that inspired the classic American musical The Sound of Music. Both provide an easy feel and description of the family's experiences in pre-war Austria. Nonetheless, the two should not be conflated. "The Sound of Music" concludes with a scene of the family as they hike over the mountain to freedom, but "The Story of the Trapp Family Singers" carries on the family's life after they leave Austria. It tells of the concerns the family performs through Europe to support themselves as well as their efforts to leave to the United States to avoid the war. Basis for the classic musical and later film, The Sound of Music, starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer.