as a huge fan of alice and martin provensen, i am so happy that i own this! i had been looking for a copy of animal fair by alice and martin provensen on amazon, realising i’d have to settle (happily, mind you) for a newer version when i suddenly decided to look on ebay. and boy, am i glad i did! i found this original 60’s version and although it’s not in the best ever condition, i absolutely love it. it’s almost a3 in size too, so i get to truly revel in the wonderful illustrations.
if you’ve not heard of alice and martin provensen, they are an american couple who illustrated many books, some of which they wrote too. their style is instantly recognisable, and i’d say very of its time. animal fair features stories and poems by the couple, interspersed with the odd illustrated game.
this, along with their other books have such an overwhelming charm, and i don’t know whether that’s due to their delightful illustrations or their kind and warm way of writing. i hope over time to collect more original book editions too.
are you a fan of vintage/illustrated books? i would love your recommendations!