Sunday, February 10, 2013

My Fabulous Finds are truly enchanting.....

I am so excited to share this recent acquisitions, I've been on another run of nabbing some awesome vintage children's and collectible books. So I'm going to jump straight to it and show you my favourite this Dean's Gift Book of Fairy Tales. I had an idea when I saw Dean's on the title of the book that I might be on to a winner, as I already possess some other Dean Publications books which are rare and from the 1950's. The illustrations in this 1967 book are delightful and I am totally smitten with the design in the inside of the front and back cover. 

Aren't they amazing?

 I'm imagining them framed adorning the walls around here. 
But before I get carried away with those plans I have a wee bit of research to follow through involving the works of the illustrators of this book Anne and Janet Grahame Johnstone, who were quite prolific children's books illustrators in Britain in the 1950's - 1960's and beyond. Their story is amazing, they were twins an up until the death of Janet in 1979 they never solely illustrated a book individually, until that time all their work had been done together. Here is the Wiki link to their story and a bit of history about them, absolutely worth a few minutes of your time for the read. Some of their most noted work was with Dodie Smith the author of One Hundred and One Dalmatians and Edin Blyton's, The Enchanted Wood which is noted as being one of the twins most collectible works of illustrations.

My online investigations regarding this title, and regarding what dealers are selling this title for have thrown me some seriously crazy results. Let's just say some results indicate I could take myself out for dinner at the local Indian place I love if I sold it at one particular price. However other results indicate that it I could treat myself to a night away somewhere nice. So before I get carried away with plans on whacking these illustrations on my walls, I'm holding out to consult with a vintage/antique book dealer friend of ours. I have however become rather fond of the twins story (being a twin angel mumma myself) and I'm rather fond of holding on to this book and starting a collection of the books they have illustrated.

I have other sweet storybook finds to share, but this deserved a post all of its on.

11 comments:

  1. It's a beauty - I have this one in my collection too, though it would take a lot more than a dinner out to tempt me to sell! Are the colours gorgeous??

    Sarah xxx

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  2. LOL - next time we have the boxes down from the garage roof I will have a look to see if I have any that you may like to have - we had heaps of those books when we were growing up but I don't know if I brought them over with us or if we left them in South Africa. I know that my Mom didn't want to get rid of them !!
    Have a great day !
    Me

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    1. That's is so sweet and kind.
      You're mumma was a smart women, they're such pretty books.

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  3. I think everyone in the UK born in the 1960s must grown up with this book, I know I did! I bet it's still on the shelves at my family home somewhere. Maybe it explains my love of psychedelia? x

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    1. As soon as I saw the inside cover images, I thought of you.

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  4. What a beautiful book Trudie and a beautiful story. Its hard to know what to do with books. You made me get up and look at an old book I got last year called "Countryside Folk" by Constance Wickham and pictures by A E Kennedy. I'll have to show you when I meet you. I'm sure you'd love it as well.

    Anne xx

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    1. Oh Anne we have to plan a catch up soon the list of treasures you keep promising to show me keeps growing and growing. X

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  5. Wow, what a beautiful children's book! I can see why you want to put the pictures on your wall, but it's hard to weigh up whether art or a night away wins!

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    1. They really are such gorgeous pictures but even if I was to sell such a book the funds wouldn't go towards a night away, I'd have to be sensible and put the funds towards business plans.

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  6. What delightful illustrations! I grew up with the Blyton books that they illustrated

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