LITTLE TIM AND THE BRAVE SEA CAPTAIN - EDWARD ARDIZZONE - 1st 1936, Watercolors
Scarce — LITTLE TIM AND THE BRAVE SEA CAPTAIN — Written and Illustrated by Edward Ardizzone — 1st Edition / 1st Printing, 1936 HC — First Book That Launched the Author's Career as an Illustrator
Publisher: Oxford University Press, London and New York (1936)
In very well preserved condition. The boards and binding are solid and tight save for some chipping to the spine ends and shelfwear. The pages and illustrations are crisp and clean. This is the first book by the well known artist and illustrator, Edward Arizzone. A unique feature of the book, is that due to its publication during a particularly very hot summer, the book pages were only printed on one side due to concern that the colors would bleed through. This only appears on the first edition / first printing. Please see below for more information on Ardizzone and his work.
Edward Jeffrey Irving Ardizzone (16 October 1900 – 8 November 1979) was an English painter, print-maker and war artist, author and illustrator of children's books. For Tim All Alone (Oxford, 1956), which he wrote and illustrated, Ardizzone won the inaugural Kate Greenaway Medal from the Library Association for the year's best children's book illustration by a British subject. For the 50th anniversary of the Medal in 2005, the book was named one of the top ten winning titles, selected by a panel to compose the ballot for public election of an all-time favorite. In 1936, he inaugurated his best-known work, the Tim series of books, featuring the maritime adventures of its eponymous young hero, which he both wrote and illustrated. Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain was published by Oxford University Press in both London and New York that year. By 1939, Ardizzone was holding one-man exhibitions on a regular basis, with shows at the Bloomsbury Gallery and later the Leger Gallery. His style was naturalistic but subdued, featuring gentle lines and delicate watercolors, but with great attention to particular details. After the War, Ardizzone was commissioned to produce a watercolour portrait of Winston Churchill and continued to write and illustrate books. The most famous Tim book is the inaugural Greenaway Medal-winner, Tim All Alone (Oxford, 1956).The series continued until 1972 with Tim's Last Voyage which was followed in 1977 by Ship's Cook Ginger. Beside writing and illustrating his own books, Ardizzone also illustrated books written by others, including some editions of Anthony Trollope and H. E. Bates's My Uncle Silas. He illustrated the C. Day Lewis children's novel, The Otterbury Incident (1948). One of his happiest collaborations was that with Eleanor Farjeon, especially on The Little Bookroom (Oxford, 1955 collection). Ardizzone illustrated some novels by the American author Eleanor Estes, including Pinky Pye, The Witch Family, The Alley, Miranda the Great, and The Tunnel of Hugsy Goode (1958 to 1972). In 1962 he illustrated an edition of J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan, retold by Eleanor Graham, and A Ring of Bells (1962)... -Wikipedia