When we hear the expression, “French Illustrated Books,” our thoughts immediately turn to dazzling, audacious imagery in tandem with chic, often risque literature. But there is a remarkable and much-beloved series of that genre which devotes graphic printing prowess to creating awe and joy for children. The “Albums of Pere Castor,” produced between the 1930s and 1950s, by the esteemed Paris publisher, Flammarion, introduce children to animals and places they might never have seen in the flesh–but in such a way as to hopefully launch the young city-bound readers into a lifetime of fascination and care for wild things. For instance, the little saga, Scaf the Seal, from 1936, visually captures the jaunty and perilous adventures of the plucky little guy and his friends with such engaging incident and lithographic resonance that we could easily be compelled to come back to the story many times and ruminate over the detailed and delicious depictions.
The books shown here measure approximately 8 1/4″ x 9″; about 35 pp. each page illustrated in color and/or black and white; covers in good condition, interior pages excellent condition.
Albums du Pere Castor