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J. Smith [Hardcover]

Fougasse
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3 May 2012
Published in the year of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, this miniature work of genius was originally created for the library of Queen Mary's Dolls' House in 1922 by the cartoonist Fougasse. Queen Mary's Dolls' House, the largest and most famous of its kind in the world, has a library containing works by all the major writers and artists of the day. J. Smith is the magical story of a fairy who, one stormy night, was blown out of Fairyland into 1920s London. Originally measuring just 38.5 x 30mm, this luxurious gift edition is beautifully bound, gilt-edged and with a ribbon bookmark. Witty illustrations and tongue-in-cheek verse make this exquisite book a delight for children and adults alike.

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  • Hardcover: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Walker (3 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1406337935
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406337938
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 13.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 382,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A charming and lavish edition of the previously unpublished and delightful miniature tale, J. Smith by Fougasse, from the Royal Collection.

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Kenneth Cyril Bird used the pseudonym "Fougasse" for his work as an illustrator. He is best-known for his "Careless Talk Costs Lives" posters which he drew during WW2 for the Ministry of Information and for which he was awarded a CBE. He was editor of Punch magazine from 1949 until 1953. His drawings and cartoons succeeded in communicating often serious issues in a humorous and light-hearted way. Fougasse died in 1965 aged 77.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous little book! 22 Jun 2012
Format:Hardcover
I just bought this as a Christmas stocking present for my little girl (I know, I plan ahead) and it is so beautifully done. The faux silk cover looks embroidered, the gilt pages shine and the ribbon book mark is a pure crimson. The story is lovely and well illustrated although my one criticism is that the font, which is made to look handwritten, might be hard for a young child to read. But I think my daughter is going to love this and it is a great gift for any adult who loves beautiful books and for any child who wants to start their own special book collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Collectors edition of book - "J. Smith" 7 Jun 2012
By patpen
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Collector's edition of a book on display in dolls house at Windsor Castle. The book is very well presented with metallised page edging and ribbon bookmark. The whole supply process was first class.
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5.0 out of 5 stars J. Smith Book in Miniature 5 Feb 2014
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I liked the size of it and the design on the front cover plus the illustrations. The plastic cover to keep it clean was a bonus.
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By Amber
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Oh, how sad I was when I just opened it.
I had read about this reproduction of the miniature book before and had decided to get it as a present but I'm afraid I made the mistake (I know it's my mistake but I feel it's an easy one to have made and others might too)of expecting it would be a miniature volume itself. I love miniatures and the person for whom I bought it does too and we're both keen on the Queen's Doll's House so I thought it would be a perfect present.
It is a nice edition but be aware that it isn't a miniature like the original, it's actually rather large and in my opinion it's such a shame because the illustrations are drawn in such a way (because of course they were so tiny when drawn)that they look disappointingly odd when reproduced this size.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful little book 18 Feb 2013
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What a gorgeous little book. Gold edged pages, an embossed cover, an enchanting story of a fairy lost in London, and charming illustrations and calligraphy. A special book for a child or adult.
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