"First edition, slim 4to, pp. 95, ; plain and color text illustrations, yellow pictorial endpapers; original red-orange cloth (a bit soiled) embossed with the picture of a swan on upper cover, spine lettered in blue; spine quite toned, some minor shelf wear, else very good and sound, though lacking dust jacket. Signed author inscription to Harold Gould on p.  adorned with an original drawing of a little mustachioed chef. The work in which Madeline (here named ""Madeleine"") makes her first appearance, three years before the publication of the author's beloved work ""Madeline"" (1939)."
1. pp. 95. Description: 95,  p. Illus. (part col. ); ill. Endpapers. Bookplate of John Bennett Shaw pasted inside front. 26 cm. Subjects: The golden basket-Ludwig Bemelmans. Fine cloth copy in a good if somewhat edge-nicked and dust-dulled dw, now mylar-sleeved. Remains particularly and surprisingly well-preserved; tight, bright, clean and strong.
Fine in very good dust jacket. Signed by author. A near fine first edition in a very good price-clipped dust jacket, inscribed by Bemelmans on the title page. This book contains the first appearance of Madeline. Housed in a custom-made collector's slipcase.
Two young girls accompany their father on a trip to Bruges, Belgium, where they stay on the top floor of an old hotel called The Golden Basket. The author never lost his ability to see life through the eyes of a child, as the girls wake in a strange room, that "had been made for somebody who was too big..." The city square, the light, the statues, the old hotel, it's wandering staircases, the attic above where a little boy lives ? all are described through the eyes of an artist. The imagery, the sounds and smells of the city coming to life, the various clientele of the hotel, the owner, are all depicted in loving detail by a man who spent most of his life traveling and living in hotels and cafes. Children are given center stage and depicted as they really are: full of wonder and hope and boundless optimism. Adults will be equally charmed by the humorous antics of the children and the amazing artwork. Bemelmans' words are as rich as his illustrations. As the author described a waiting car, in the sunlight: "Needles of sunlight sprang from every bit of brass." He had a way of simplifying difficulties, getting down to what really matters: when the car overheated, "a stop was made. 'She needs a little rest . . . It is nothing.' " In The Golden Basket, the author reminds us of the value of living each moment, not to miss what matters. The reader will be moved at the end, saddened, but feeling satisfied, content, like after taking an exciting trip and returning to one's own doorstep, there to sit and remember it all, savoring it again. His poetic and humorous prose, the warmth of his artwork, its vivid colors and dynamic vitality, are absolutely unique to Ludwig Bemelmans. One has to feel a lasting joy after reading this story.
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