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Blog posts by Helen Younger

Helen Younger founded Aleph-Bet Books in 1977 and is a specialist in first editions of collectible and rare children's and illustrated books as well as related original art.


Collecting Madeline

By Helen Younger

Helen Younger, a specialist in collectible children's books and illustrations, discusses points of the first edition of Ludwig Bemelmans' Madeline and how it has fared in the rare book market. Very few people who attempt to have a children's book published actually succeed in either getting it published or if published, having it sell well. One may be able to write a decent story but because he/she is not an artist, a sympathetic illustrator is needed. Sometimes the text isn't conducive to illustration. Often the illustrations overpower the text. This year (2014) Madeline turns 75 and the fact that its popularity has endured since 1939 is no accident. In Madeline, Ludwig Bemelmans managed to accomplish the near impossible of creating both an appealing story and illustrating it with artistic flair. The story told in simple rhyme features 1... [more Collecting Madeline]