Babar Loses His Crown

By: Laurent de Brunhoff

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E1 - A first printing hardcover book SIGNED by author on the title page in as new condition with no dust jacket. An original Laurent de Brunhoff book. 8.25"x8.25". Satisfaction Guaranteed. Laurent de Brunhoff is a French author and illustrator, known primarily for continuing the Babar the Elephant series of children's books, created by his father, Jean de Brunhoff. Brunhoff was born in Paris. The children's classic, Babar, began as a bedtime story that Cécile de Brunhoff told her young sons, Laurent and Mathieu, in 1930, when they were five and four years old, respectively. They loved the story about the little elephant so much that they asked their father, who was an artist, to draw pictures for them of the elephant world their mother had described. He did and eventually created a book, Histoire de Babar: le petit éléphant (The Story of Babar), which was published by Jardin des Modes, a family-run publishing house. Jean de Brunhoff created six more Babar books and had one more son, Thierry, but died of tuberculosis at age 37 in 1937. After the war, Laurent, who inherited his father's artistic gift, trained at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière under the painter Othon Friesz and began living as an artist in Montparnasse. But, wishing to maintain his tie to his father and the imaginative world of his childhood, he turned back to the character his father had drawn and taught himself to draw in his father's style. What Christine Nelson calls their "intergenerational artistic partnership" had begun even earlier, when Laurent was a teenager, and was asked to do the color for several pages which his father had left in black and white. His own first Babar book, Babar et ce coquin d'Arthur (Babar's Cousin, That Rascal Arthur), was published in 1946 when Laurent was 21. He went on to publish over forty-five more Babar books, as well as creating children's books with characters of his own invention, Bonhomme and Serafina, among others. He was married to Marie-Claude Bloch in 1951 and together they had two children, Anne, born 1952, and Antoine, born 1954. They separated in 1985 and divorced in 1990. In 1985 de Brunhoff moved to the United States, living in Middletown, Connecticut with writer and Wesleyan University professor Phyllis Rose. They married in 1990 and currently live in New York and Key West, Florida. De Brunhoff, who holds both French and American citizenship, was made an Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and a Chevalier of the Légion d'Honneur.

Title: Babar Loses His Crown

Author: Laurent de Brunhoff

Categories: Signed Children's Books, Children & Juvenile,

Edition: First Printing

Publisher: New York, Harry N. Abrams Inc.: 2004

ISBN: 0810950340

ISBN 13: 9780810950344

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: As New

Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Inscription: Signed by Author

Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall

Book ID: EC23565BB