From the private collection of the author Mr. Hilary Knight, author and illustrator celebrated for his illustrations of the Eloise series of children's books, with his stamp of ownership and signature on front pastedown. First Edition. Oversized quarto, exquisitely illustrated in color. ISBN: 0689839928. The 1964 children's classic reissued for a new generation. A friendly orangutan named Wallace leaves his cage, and visits the circus, the beach, the natural history museum - all the places he has longed to see. Readers can join the zookeeper's search for Wallace in the pictures. An unforgettable gift for any admirer of Mr. Knight (or Eloise herself), or children's literature aficionado. 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.