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A Wonderful and RARE 1939 First Edition of THE LITTLE MERMAID BY Hans Christian Anderson~

Gorgeous Full Page Illustrations by Dorothy P. Lathrop (6 colored and 8 black and white) along with illustrated End Pages

Book is Solid and Intact and in Good Vintage condition for being 73 years old...cover is blue cloth fabric Hardback...has fading and does show wear...there are also age spots on pages and pages are yellowing from age...gold gilted print on cover...binding good...looks like on the back cover page there was something glued down at one time...no writing or tears on pages...very collectible edition....Charming Book, RARE edition~Not marked First Edition, however, it is marked Published October, 1939 and that is when this Edition was First and Only published~~

Dorothy Pulis Lathrop (1891-1980) was an American author and illustrator of children's books. Lathrop was born on April 16, 1891 in Albany, New York. During her lifetime of achievements, her notable prominence in the publishing world of children's literature includes the combined skills, mastery, and talents Lathrop displayed within the pages and color plates of the more than 38 books published with her illustrations. The prolific popularity of her talent was one of a steady production, primarily between the years of 1919 to 1962. In the 1930s, Lathrop published nine children's books. Lathrop's career as an illustrator and author began with using her artistic skills as an illustrator for other authors of children's literature, beginning around 1919. With the exception of several topical non-fiction books written by Lathrop, most of her art for illustrations, in her lifetime, remained dedicated to that of children's fictional literature. This included art for the book by Hans Christian Anderson, The Little Mermaid (1939, and Walter De la Mare's books for children, including his Down-Adown Derry, Fairy Poems, published in 1922. In 1919, Lathrop's first published "suite" of expressive illustrations appeared in Walter De la Mare's book for children, The Three Mulla-Mulgars. Lathrop developed a friendship with author Walter De la Mare, and thereafter, illustrated five of his books published for children, including illustrations for De la Mare's Down-Adown-Derry (1922), Crossings (1923), Mr. Bumps (1942), and Bells and Grass (1942).

The Little Mermaid
by Hans Christian Andersen
Illustrated by Dorothy P. Lathrop
The MacMillan Compan New York
Published and Copyrighted 1939
October 1939
First Edition

Please note: I usually send all my books media mail, however, this being such a rare edition I will be shipping it with insurance and also signature confirmation and that is why the shipping is the price I have posted~thank you~

The Little Mermaid Hans Christian Andersen RARE 1939 First Edition Illustrated by Dorothy P. Lathrop


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