Adapted from Felix Salten's novel.New York: Simon and Schuster, 1941 Stock Code: 109256
NotesFirst edition thus, first printing. Presentation copy inscribed "To Janet with best wishes Walt Disney" on the half title. Walt Disney acquired the rights for Bambi in 1937 from a producer and director of the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer after the project was deemed too difficult. Indeed, the technical challenge of rendering a realistic animation of a deer delayed to production, as did the Fantasia project. In 1939, Bambi's production actually started, but progress was slow. Finally, the animated film was released in 1942, and 69 years later, it was added to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress.
Signed copies are rare, with none traced on the market or in auction records.
Quarto. Original printed pictorial boards, green endpapers. With the dust jacket. Housed in a green quarter morocco solander box with titles in gilt direct to spine and Bambi design blocked to lower corner of front board.
4 detachable full-page colour illustrations, double-page colour-illustrated title, 8 full-page colour illustrations, and numerous in-text colour and monochrome illustrations by the Walt Disney Studio.
Spine ends a little worn, small tear to lower front joint, extremities rubbed, the binding otherwise bright, front hinge broken, small closed tear to frontispiece at foot of gutter, else notably untoned and without marks. A very good copy in the very good jacket, mild wear and creasing to extremities with occasional loss, rubbed, else notably unfaded, not price-clipped.
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