First American editions. Dates from the copyright information printed on the covers of each item. London editions of each of these books were also published with copyright dates of 1950 and 1951. OCLC lists three Peepshow Books that only appeared in London editions: Beauty and the Beast, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and The Birth of Jesus. The present set of four books seems to comprise all of the Peepshow Books published in the United States. A bit of rubbing at fore-edges and some chipping to paper spines, but overall a very good, bright, and clean set of lively and attractive books. Four carousel books, all 5 inches by 7 inches. Each book with six “scenes,” one on each face of the carousel. The scenes are richly illustrated in color on three overlapping, cut-away layers of stiff card paper (foreground, midground, and background), creating the effect of depth. Original pictorial paper-covered boards with solid-color spines. All four books include both of the original cloth ties at the fore-edge. Item #16824
Roland Pym (1910 – 2006) was a set designer, muralist, and book illustrator. He designed sets for theater productions of Eugene Onegin and Lohengrin, and his illustrations appeared in editions of Edith Sitwell’s English Eccentrics, Nancy Mitford’s Pursuit of Love, and W.M. Thackeray’s Vanity Fair. Pym painted murals for several English nobles, including Nancy Astor (1879 – 1964), the first woman to take her seat as a Member of Parliament.
Joshua Charles Armitage (1913 – 1998), known by the pseudonym Ionicus, contributed artwork to Punch for over forty years and illustrated the covers of the Penguin Paperback editions of the novels of P.G. Wodehouse. Kathleen Hale (1898 – 2000) wrote and illustrated the Orlando the Marmalade Cat stories, a series of nineteen children’s books published between 1938 and 1972. The much-loved Orlando, writing a letter with a quill, was featured on a Royal Mail stamp in 1994.