KÄSTNER, Erich (author). Walter TRIER (illustrator). Arthur Mit Dem Langen Arm. Berlin-Grunewald; Williams & Co. 1931.
Royal 8vo. Original light green cloth-backed white pictorial boards; pp. ; with coloured illustrations throughout, including 1 full-page; a very good copy indeed with foxing to spine cloth, slight fading to upper board, and dusting to edges; scarce.
First edition. Four short stories in rhyme for children by the renowned author of Emil and the Detectives (1929). Erich Kästner (1899-1974) was a left-wing German writer, poet and satirist who wrote for both children and adults. His books were despised by the Nazi elite and fell victim to the notorious book-burning ceremony in Berlin on May 10th 1933 although he decided to stay in the country and eventually did capitulate to censorship, which destroyed his career. Most of Kästner's children's books were illustrated by Walter Trier who, conversely, did escape Nazi oppression and emigrated to London in 1936 where he collaborated with the British authorities to produce anti-Nazi propaganda.