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BAKER, Josephine, & Piet Worm (illus.)

La Tribu arc-en-ciel; The Rainbow Children.

With the assistance of Jo Bouillon.

Amsterdam: Mulder & Zoon, [1957] Stock Code: 138681
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Both works signed by Josephine Baker

First edition and first edition in English, first printings, signed on the verso of each front free endpaper "Maman Josephine Baker" for the French, and "Mama Josephine Baker" for the English. The Rainbow Children tells of the adventures of a one-eyed black hen named Kott-Kott who travels the world in search of her lost eye and finally finds salvation with the Rainbow Tribe at Les Milandes. Kott-Kott is a little disguised self-portrait, Les Milandes being the name of Baker's chateau in the Périgord region of France where she lived with her husband, Jo Bouillon, and their 12 adopted children, as shown in the photographic panel on the dust jacket. Knowing that she could not have children, they had decided to build their "Rainbow Tribe" of children from varied ethnic backgrounds and religions to combat racism and "fully live their ideal of universal fraternity" (Franquebalme). "Baker was a master stylist, and Worm's remarkable artwork shows her influence" (Guteri).

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2 works, quarto. Original colour pictorial boards. The French edition with the pictorial dust jacket.


Illustrated in colour throughout by Piet Worm.


Slight wear to corners, the bindings otherwise fresh and square, contents faintly toned, else clean and without marks. A bright, very good pair; the jacket split at spine panel and starting at flap hinges with a little loss, a few edge-splits, still a very good survival given its fragility.


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