Hilary Knight collection, with his stamp of ownership and signature on inside front cover. First US Edition. Oversized octavo and profuse illustrations in black and white and color. ISBN: 0440030412. A collection of 21 fairy tales virtually unknown in America, with stunning classic illustrations by major Swedish illustrator John Bauer, which beautifully evoke Scandinavian folk traditions. Tight binding.
Sometime in the early ’50s, Hilary Knight’s drawings of naughty little girls for Mademoiselle magazine led to a meeting with author Kay Thompson (then a top nightclub performer)--and, of course, to the perpetually adored Eloise, the precocious Plaza dweller who in many ways is Knight’s alter ego. “Eloise will be celebrating her 60th birthday in 2015--not bad for a six-year-old,” says Knight. We’re honored to offer these personal pieces from Knight, who remains as stylish, outspoken, and original as the legendary little girl he brought to life.