Publisher: John Lane The Bodley Head, London;
Date of Publication: 1941
Stock Code: 4776
FIRST ENGLISH EDITION. 1941. Large octavo. 92 pp. Illustrated throughout, mainly in colour, by Jean Bruller. Book Condition: Very Good. Jacket Condition: Fair. Publishers' green cloth with grey titles to spine and pictorial endpapers in unclipped pictorial dust-jacket. A couple of minor bumps to lower edge and lower edge of upper board and spine rubbed to edges. Gift inscription to half-title "With love to Shirley from Daddy" otherwise contents clean and bright. Jacket crumpled and torn to rear with adhesive tape repairs to verso and a couple of chips top edge; spine lightly sunned with 1-inch loss at tail and minor loss at head; 1-inch split lower edge of front cover and a little surface scuffing.
Translation of the 1930 French children's book "Patapoufs et Filifers" in which the Double brothers visit the underground land of the plump cheerful Fattypuffs and the skinny irritable Thinifers, who are enemies on the brink of open warfare. Maurois' political fantasy was widely viewed by contemporaries as a comedy and frequently features on lists of top books for children but can also be viewed as a parable predicting the Second World War and the occupation of France by the Germans. This edition features the justly popular original illustrations. Rare - at time of writing no other copies of this First English Edition could be found for sale.