The Old Man and the Sea

The Old Man and the Sea

The finest book cover illustration I’ve seen for this slim, timeless, moving book, wrapping around the back cover and even into the back flyleaf.  Oddly, there is no mention of who designed the jacket.  The colours and lines are marvelous.And that font!...
Lettres de Mon Moulin – Daudet

Lettres de Mon Moulin – Daudet

These charming children’s illustrations of Daudet turned up at a flea-market, and I have several versions including this selection of his Lettres de Mon Moulin, and one featuring a specific story with it, ‘La chèvre de M. Seguin’....
Russian tales and legends

Russian tales and legends

There is a dark-forested haunting element to the illustrations in this French rendition of Russian stories. They are part of a series I’ve been collecting at the flea market, using a range of fresh and unusual illustration styles: see also the Tales from...
Greek Myths and Legends

Greek Myths and Legends

These enchanting, sunlit illustrations of a French children’s rendition of Greek Myths delighted me. They are part of a series I’ve been collecting at the flea market, using a range of fresh and unusual illustration styles. See also the Russian Tales and...
Wind Island

Wind Island

The first edition of this book I found, at a flea market, was a French translation, and it took me a while to realize it was originally written in English, because it is set in Denmark.  The author was exiled, or stranded, in New Mexico during the war, and later in...
The spirit of the letter

The spirit of the letter

Luiz found this beautiful book at our favourite flea market in Geneva. I liked the cover image and title, which echoes the English idea of keeping to ‘the spirit of the letter’. It’s a collection of paintings that feature letters, and in the style of art books in the...

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