From the private collection of the illustrator, 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. Laid-in illustrated postcard of Eloise inscribed 'From Hilary Knight And Me, Eloise'. First Edition. Oversized and exquisitely illustrated in color. ISBN: 067122350X. The 1955 children's classic reissued for a new generation. "I am Eloise/I am six." So begins the well-loved story of Eloise, the garrulous little girl who lives at New York's Plaza Hotel. Eyebrow raised defiantly, arm propped on one jutting hip, Eloise is a study in self-confidence. Kay Thompson perfectly captures the way children speak: in endless sentences elongated with "and then .. and then .. and then.. " Hilary Knight's drawings illustrate Eloise's braggadocio and amusement as well as the bewilderment of harassed hotel guests. Eloise's taunts are terrible, her imagination inimitable, her pace positively perilous. Her impertinence will delight readers of all ages. 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.