London and New York: John Lane: The Bodley Head Ltd. / Dodd, Mead & Company, 1929. Frank C. Pape. Reprint of 1925 Illustrated Edition. Decorative cloth. Small quarto (9 3/4" x 6 1/2"), black cloth with red lettering & decorations on spine and front cover, archival polyester-protected pictorial dust jacket (unclipped with publisher's bevelled corners) with red drawings by Frank Papé, who has beautifully illustrated the book with ; publisher's red topstain, pictorial B&W endpapers by Pape, 345 pages. Fine / Near Fine. Item #6558
Anatole France (1844 – 1924) was a French poet, journalist, and novelist with several best-sellers. Ironic and skeptical, he was considered in his day the ideal French man of letters. He was a member of the Académie française, and won the 1921 Nobel Prize in Literature.
L'Île des Pingouins (Penguin Island) (1908) is a satirical fictional history. Penguin Island is written in the style of a sprawling 18th- and 19th-century history book, concerned with grand metanarratives, mythologizing heroes, hagiography and romantic nationalism.
It is set on a fictitious island, inhabited by great auks, that existed off the northern coast of Europe. As it developes, the cyclical history echoes that of France from the Migration Period ("Dark Ages") to modern times, which include a satire of the infamous Drefus Affair.
Frank C. Papé (1878 – 1972), was a prominent English artist and book illustrator. He is remembered for his striking illustrations for Children of the Dawn (1908), The Diamond Fairy Book (1911); several works by James Branch Cabel such as Jurgen (1919), and half a dozen books by Anatole France.
SUPERIOR CONDITION: tight, bright, clean copy without previous ownership marks. Dust jacket is bright, clean, and with minimal wear. No foxing to the paper, plates, or B&W vignettes by Frank Pape.