Snarkjakten [The Hunting of the Snark …
Snarkjakten [The Hunting of the Snark …

JANSSON, Tove (illustrator). Lewis CARROLL (author). Snarkjakten [The Hunting of the Snark].

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JANSSON, Tove (illustrator). Lewis CARROLL (author). Snarkjakten [The Hunting of the Snark]. Stockholm; Albert Bonniers Forlag. 1959.

8vo. Original ivory card wrappers pictorially decorated in blue, black, and green to upper cover and in black to lower one, edges uncut; pp. [viii], 9-51 + [iv], partially unopened; with title-page vignette, 8 bold and dramatic full-page black-and-white plates, and 8 other drawings and decorations, all by Jansson; a very clean copy with the usual light dusting, and mild toning, to covers and a very short tear to head of spine (15mm), now neatly and expertly relaid and very unobtrusive, internally fine, without inscription, and priced 9:75 to lower cover; an elusive Jansson title.
First edition of Tove Jansson's enigmatic interpretation of Carroll's famous nonsense poem, with text in Swedish. Only 4 copies listed on WorldCat (Malmo; Univ. of Texas; Nat. Lib. of Sweden and Princeton).
In 1959 Tove Jansson, who is best-known, of course, as the creator of the Moomins, was invited to submit illustrations for Carroll's famous nonsense poem, which was issued in this format in Swedish, and not reprinted. The text itself had first appeared in 1876, with engravings by the Victorian artist Henry Holiday. He, interestingly, shied away from depicting the prey, the Snark, which is the subject of the hunt (although some claim that it is visible in the density of one busy illustration) however Jansson does conjure up this creature from her vivid imagination.