1953 First US Edition beautifully bound by BAYNTUN - THE BORROWERS, tiny people who live secretly in the walls by Mary Norton.
Author: Mary Norton.
Title: The Borrowers.
Language: Text in English.
Publisher: New York, Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1953. First US Edition (stated).
Size: 8 " X 5.5 ".
Pages: 180 pages.
Binding: Attractive and near fine exquisite binding by Bayntun-Riviere finely bound in full blue morocco leather (hinges fine) under a protective removable mylar cover. All edges gilt. An elegant binding!
Content: Fine content (bright, tight, and clean - as shown, matching marbled endpaper, original dust jacket bound at rear - as shown).
Illustrations: Complete with the nice illustrations by Beth and Joe Krush.
The book: Exquisite first US edition of The Borrowers -- a children's fantasy novel by the English author Mary Norton, published by Dent in 1952. It features a family of tiny people who live secretly in the walls and floors of an English house and "borrow" from the big people in order to survive. The Borrowers also refers to the series of five novels including The Borrowers and four sequels that feature the same family after they leave "their" house. The Borrowers won the 1952 Carnegie Medal from the Library Association, recognising the year's outstanding children's book by a British author. In the 70th anniversary celebration of the medal in 2007 it was named one of the top ten Medal-winning works, selected by a panel to compose the ballot for a public election of the all-time favourite.
A Masterpiece that has been the inspiration for Arrietty: a 2010 Japanese animated film from Studio Ghibli, known as The Secret World of Arrietty in North America, in a wonderful Bayntun-Riviere binding!
The author: Kathleen Mary Norton (née Pearson, 10 December 1903 – 29 August 1992), known professionally as Mary Norton, was an English author of children's books. She is best known for The Borrowers series of low fantasy novels (1952 to 1982), which is named after its first book and, in turn, the tiny people who live secretly in the midst of contemporary human civilisation.
The illustrators: Joe Krush (born May 18, 1918) and Beth Krush (March 31, 1918 – February 2, 2009) were an American husband-and-wife team of illustrators who worked primarily on children's books. They may be known best for the U.S. editions of all five Borrowers books by Mary Norton, published by Harcourt 1953–1961 and 1982, a series inaugurated very early in their careers.
The binder: George Bayntun was born in 1873 in Bath, England. After an apprenticeship, he began his own bookbinding business in Bath in 1894, binding books by hand with great craftsmanship. Although many binders were using machines in their process, Bayntun refused to use modern techniques.
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