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Madeline's Rescue


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Author: Ludwig Bemelmans


Illustrator: Ludwig Bemelmans

BEMELMANS, Ludwig. Madeline’s Rescue. NY: Viking Press, 1953. 4to, 56pp. Red cloth pictorially stamped in black. Color pictorial endpapers; full-color or two-color illustrations on every page. Spine ends and corners lightly rubbed, else a remarkably clean, bright copy in original color pictorial dust jacket (no medal affixed, 2” closed tear at fold where top of spine panel meets top of rear panel, light edgewear). Signed by the author/artist, Ludwig Bemelmans, with a 5” drawing of Madeline. Rare!

First edition. 1954 Caldecott Medal Winner! Bemelmans’ second book following this beloved and courageous heroine on her adventures through Paris. When Madeline falls into the river Seine and nearly drowns, a courageous canine comes to her rescue. Now Genevieve the dog is Madeline's cherished pet, and the envy of all the other girls. What can be done when there's just not enough hound to go around? Signed copies of the earliest Madeine titles are quite scarce and copies with drawings very rare!