The Snow Goose (Illustrated Edition)
Michael Joseph, London, 1947. Third Impression, Hardcover (Original Cloth), Illustrated by: Peter Scott. Very Good Condition/No Dust Jacket. end-papers green with goose drawings in white; colour frontis. illustration; 3 further full-page colour illustrations plus others in b/w. or green; title to top of each page & first line of each chapter in green; The Snow Goose is a simple, short written parable on the regenerative power of friendship and love, set against a backdrop of the horror of war. It documents the growth of a friendship between Philip Rhayader, an artist living a solitary life in an abandoned lighthouse in the marshlands of Essex because of his disabilities, and a young local girl, Fritha. The snow goose, symbolic of both Rhayader (Gallico) and the world itself, wounded by gunshot and many miles from home, is found by Fritha and, as the human friendship blossoms, the bird is nursed back to flight, and revisits the lighthouse in its migration for several years. As Fritha grows up, Rhayader and his small sailboat eventually are lost in the Dunkirk evacuation, having saved several hundred men. The bird, which was with Rhayader, returns briefly to the grown Fritha on the marshes. She interprets this as Rhayader's soul taking farewell of her (and realizes she had come to love him). Afterwards, a German pilot destroys Rhayader's lighthouse and all of his work, except for one portrait Fritha saves after his death: a painting of her as Rhayader first saw her—a child, with the wounded snow goose in her arms. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. 55 pages. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. book now in removable archive acetate film protection. White titles spine with white goose to front cover. Illustrator: Peter Scott. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 500 grams. Category: Fiction; Novella; Britain/UK; 1940s; Literature & Literary. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 3889.
Book number: 3889
GBP 25.00 [Appr.: EURO 28.75 US$ 31.84 | JP¥ 3507]
Keywords: BZDB227 NOISBN Fiction/Literature/Literary/Novella Fiction; Novella; Britain/UK; 1940s; Literature & Literary. The Snow Goose Illustrated Edition Paul Gallico Novella Literature & Literary