“HE WHO OWNS BOOKS AND LOVES THEM IS WISE, REPEATED PETUNIA TO HERSELF”
DUVOISIN, Roger. Petunia. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, (1950). Slim quarto, original orange cloth, original dust jacket. $850.
First edition of the first Petunia book by noted author and illustrator Roger Duvoisin.
A story about a goose named Petunia, "who found a book one day and became the barnyard busybody." The internationally popular books by Roger Antoine Duvoisin are praised for the author's skillful art and writing and his sure sense of what delights children… Duvoisin's books all have a compelling graphic quality. The hallmarks are fine craftsmanship, a strong sense of composition and design, and humor…It is his homely animal tales that established him as a premier bookmaker. His delightful original characters—personable animals such as Petunia the goose [et al.]—are drawn with an economical humorous line and graced with understated color. Their escapades, the way they strut, poke, and race across the page, create drama and capture the sympathy of the reader. And Duvoisin's text is part of the book's unity, reinforcing the rhythm and pacing of the page. it is this consummate professional bookmaking, from sketch to text, from layout to jacket design, that sets him apart" (Silvey, 213-14). Evidence of bookplate removal.
Book fine, bright dust jacket with light wear and toning to extremities. A lovely copy.