I purchased an antique copy of Pinocchio, the children’s classic story that was later made into a classic Walt Disney film, at our local library today for $1.00. I brought it home and started doing some research on the book. Here are a few things that I found out about this particular book, and Pinocchio in general.
The book was published in 1940 by Rand McNally & Company out of Chicago, Illinois. Coincidentally, this is the same year that the Walt Disney classic animated film was also released. The book is one of a series of books that Rand McNally & Company released as part of the “Windermere Series” of children’s classics. This series was published, and I am just guessing from similar books that I have read about today, from 1916 to 1940. This would be one of the later books of that series.
This Rand McNally & Company version was first copyrighted in 1939. This particular book is a 1940 edition.
This book was illustrated by Esther Friend (Lichtenstein) and offers five colored, illustrated plates, as well as illustrations in black & white leading in to each chapter. Esther Friend was a well-known illustrator, who also worked on a few more books related to the Windermere Series of children’s classics. She also illustrated Little Red Riding Hood. She died in a nursing home in Indianapolis, Indiana December 15, 1991 at the age of 84. That gives this particular book an interesting “Indiana” twist on an old classic. I live in Indiana, and perhaps I am the only one that finds that of interest.
This book is inscribed “To Grant, From Judy. Christmas 1942.”
The closest that I could come for a value to this book was a single edition that is currently for sale for $85.00. I don’t think my $1.00 was such a bad investment today.
I also now have the chance to read this great classic as it was meant to be. I have still never seen the Walt Disney animated film, so this might be a fun and interesting read. I am thinking about trying to see if I can’t start a small collection of antique Children’s classic books in hardcover. What other books should be on my list, and what should I be looking for?
- Bryan Fuller Writing Live-Action ‘Pinocchio’ for Warner Bros (firstshowing.net)
- Warner Bros. to make live-action ‘Pinocchio’ (variety.com)
- Bryan Fuller Writing Live-Action ‘Pinocchio’ (slashfilm.com)