The Snowman

BRIGGS, Raymond (illustrator). The Snowman.

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BRIGGS, Raymond (illustrator). The Snowman. London; Hamish Hamilton. 1978.

Folio. Original laminated white pictorial boards; pp. [32]; with atmospheric illustrations in storyboard format throughout, in colour; a very nearly fine copy with small bruising to spine ends, internally fresh throughout with almost unavoidable toning to inner gutter of upper cover and a neat contemporary inscription to front free endpaper, with publisher's adhesive price label (£3.95) covering original price on lower cover.
First edition. This enchanting wordless pencil and crayon spell of a book tells of a relationship between a small boy and a snowman he creates in his garden, who comes to life at midnight. It forms the basis of the popularly acclaimed animated film for television directed by Dianne Jackson for Channel 4, first shown on Boxing Day 1982. Despite the fact that the work is now regarded as a seasonal classic it actually has no particular association with Christmas; those trimmings, and the visit to Santa Claus, were added by the movie makers.

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