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Hilary Knight

Life of Benjamin Franklin By His Mouse

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Hilary Knight collection, with his stamp of ownership and signature on front pastedown. First Edition, 34th printing. Oversized octavo and profuse illustrations in black and white. In this stunning expose, young readers will discover that while the good Mr. Franklin got considerable credit, many of his most important contributions really originated with Amos, a less-than-humble rodent. Oh sure, his manuscript was found by author-editor Robert Lawson and published first in 1939, but discerning readers ever since have figured that it's the mouse who's the fellow with the tale. 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.

Product Information

Little, Brown & Co., Boston
Made of:
cloth-bound hardcover with dust jacket
Robert Lawson
Page count:
6.75"L x 0.5"D x 8.5"H
light edge wear on dust jacket; small 1/2" tear and crease in front dust jacket at head; small 1/8" tear in front dust jacket near spine; well-preserved