Stefania Pandakovic, junior specialist in the London Book Department, selects one of her favourite books for sale in the Valuable Printed Books and Manuscripts auction.
Who has not been delighted by Babar, the posh little French elephant who first appeared in Histoire de Babar by Jean de Brunhoff in 1931 wearing his bright green suit?
Christie's will offer the first three Babar stories in a very special version. Yes, the books contained in lot 214, Histoire de Babar, le Petit Elephant (1931), Le Voyage de Babar (1932) and Le Roi Babar (1933) are all bound in morocco for Asprey with multi-colour onlays replicating the original pictorial boards and preserving the original endpapers. So, if you want to treat yourself and re-read these fantastic stories don't miss out on this great opportunity! You will have a chance to follow the very first moment in which Babar became the King of the Elephants, married Celeste and founded together with her the city of Celesteville. And don't forget the monkey Zephir, the old elephant counsellors Cornelius and Pompadour, his cousin Arthur, and his children, Pom, Flora, and Alexander! If you prefer the English version you can also look at the following lot containing Babar at Home (1938) and Babar and Father Christmas (1940).
…and of course, if you need a good excuse you can always say you are interested for your children!
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