SCARCE CHILDREN'S CLASSIC
LINDGREN, Astrid (author). Ingrid NYNAM (illustrator). Pippi Långstrump; Pippi Långstrump går om bord; Pippi Långstrump I Söderhavet. Stockholm; Rabén & Sjögren. 1945; 1946 and 1948.
12mo. 3 volumes; each volume bound in original taupe or beige cloth-backed yellow pictorial boards with publisher's advertisement printed to lower boards of volumes 1 and 2, pictorially decorated to lower cover of volume 3; pp. [iv], 5-174; [iv], 5-192 and [vi], 7-166 + [i]; with line drawings throughout each volume; an exceptionally good set with each volume in clean and very sound condition with minor rubbing and dusting and small tear to corner tips; internally very fresh with the usual uniform toning to stock; volume one with the usual production wrinkle to some leaves at inner margin; scarce as a set in this condition.
First editions, in Swedish, as published, issued without dustwrappers. Volume 2 is the first printing of the first edition, with the reference to 26th thousand alongside this title on the rear board and without any reference to the illustrator, which was amended in the second edition of the work, issued in the same year, when the name of Ingrid Wang-Nymans was added to the title-page.
Pippi Longstocking, and its two early sequels by Astrid Lindgren Pippi Goes on Board and Pippi In The South Seas have become international classics of children's literature and the best known juvenile works to come out of Sweden. The eponymous child hero, Pippi, is a nine-year-old redheaded orphan who is bold and resourceful, with superhuman strength and ingenuity. She believes that her mother is an angel, and her father, who was lost at sea, is living an exotic life as a Cannibal King in a far distant land, and uses the same strength of spirit to sow chaos in the adult world, in one memorable episode questioning the entire educational system during one day at school.