Just recently, I acquired this lovely book...
I love Gladys Peto's illustrations!
Quintessential Art Deco styling...
Gladys Peto was a children's book illustrator and writer, an advertising illustrator and a fashion designer as well as a sometime travel writer and costume and theatre set designer. Influenced by Aubrey Beardsley, she was a household name between the two World Wars.
Her art work was used to create pretty Tuscan Ware sets...
...and if you ever come across one of her books of hankies, do try to buy it (they're worth a small fortune!)
Strange that she is now so little known...
I love the black and white illustrations.
I'm not sure what a Boojum dog is (I will have to read the story, perhaps!) but I'm sure I'd like one!
This tale was penned by Gladys's husband.
This one makes me think of a Dr Who story...
But even better than the black-and-white are, of course, the colour plates!
Far away places
I'm sure Gladys's beautiful books transported many a child on delightful adventures.
What books did you like to read, or gaze at, as a child?
PS Talking of books, I put six in the post yesterday. I'm really sorry if the mice didn't pull your name out of the hat this time, but will be in touch with Jill, Briony and Penny when I finish my next batch to see if they fancy any of those instead!
Oh and Gill (with a G) - the mice DID pull your name but my attempts to find your email have failed, so if you leave me a comment with either your email or address, I won't publish it, but will get in touch!