New York: The Viking Press, 1953. Item #03517
The Second 'Madeline' Book
In Which Madeline Meets Genevieve
BEMELMANS, Ludwig. Madeline's Rescue. Story and Pictures by Ludwig Bemelmans. New York: The Viking Press, .
First edition, first printing with "Published by the Viking Press in April 1953" on verso of title-page.
Small thin folio (11 15/16 x 8 3/4 inches; 304 x 221 mm.). 56 pp. Title-page with color vignette, eight full color illustrations (including two double-page) and numerous illustrations in black and yellow.
Original red cloth, front cover pictorially stamped in black, spine lettered in black, color pictorial endpapers. Minimal bumping to lower corners, otherwise a near fine copy. Original color pictorial dust jacket with "$3.00" price on front flap. Two clean tears (4 1/2 & 2 inches) on lower edge at foot of spine, a few other short marginal tears, spine very slightly faded, but overall a good, complete and unrestored jacket.
Madeline's Rescue, the second of the Madeline books tells the story of Madeline in Paris falling into the River Seine and being rescued by a dog that was later named Genevieve. The book won the Caldecott Medal for US Picture Book illustration.
Ludwig Bemelmans (1898-1962) was an Austria-Hungary-born American writer and illustrator of children's books and an internationally known gourmet. He is known best for the Madeline picture books. Six were published from 1939 to 1961; a seventh was discovered after his death and published posthumously in 1999.