LINDGREN, Astrid (author). Ilon WIKLAND (illustrator). Bröderna Lejonhjärta [The Brothers Lionheart]. [Stockholm]; Rabén & Sjögren. 1973.
Large square 8vo. Original pictorial boards with wrap-around design, protected by repeat dustwrapper; pp. [ii], 3-227 + [i]; with beautifully detailed black-and-white illustrations throughout including numerous glorious double-page spreads; a fine and exceptional copy protected by a similarly pristine dustwrapper; scarce signed.
First edition, in Swedish, as issued. This copy is neatly inscribed in ink by Astrid Lindgren to the title-page. A dark and compelling fantasy novel for children by the author of Pippi Longstocking. Despite, some would assert, the challenging nature of its content which includes death, disease, and betrayal, these subjects are deftly balanced by lighter topics such as platonic love, loyalty and hope. The book was an international bestseller which was translated into a total of 46 languages. It was also made into a feature film, in 1977, and later, a stage musical.sh.
The Swedish author and playwright Astrid Lindgren (1907-2002) is best known, of course, for her series of books about the eponymous nine-year-old freckled, and red-headed, hell-raiser Pippi Longstocking. These titles are firmly established among the most popular children's books worldwide, having been published in more than sixty languages. In fact, in 2017, according to Unesco's statistics, Lindgren was the fourth most translated children's author behind Grimm, Andersen, and Enid Blyton. The Brothers Lionheart is regarded as one of her most important contributions to the canon of children's literature alongside her Pippi books.