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This Is London Book

This Is London Book


First published in 1959, This Is London is the second in a wonderful series of children's books written and illustrated by Miroslav Sasek.  Mr. Sasek was born in Prague in 1916 and worked as a painter and illustrator for most of his life. Starting with This is Paris in 1958, the books he wrote painted a delightful and evocative picture of some of the world's great cities.  Mr. Sasek died in 1980, leaving behind a legacy of some of the most endearing books for young and old alike. 

In This Is London, Sasek concentrates on the things he likes best: people, costume, transport and local details that somehow come together to form a whole impression of the city that still seems quite accurate today.

In 1959, literary critic Virginia Kirkus had this to say about This Is London:

"This is a guided pictorial through London, its parks, its squares, its places, its river, a glimpse of its proper bankers and starched Nannies. This is the smell of violets, the bracing warmth of four o'clock tea, the chaos of Piccadilly and the lure of the Tower. This is London, a city of history and civilization...a city of nostalgia for all those whose native language is English. M.Sasek, with his daring sense of design and his unusual use of color, conjures up the spirit of London town in a book so vivid and inviting that readers of all ages will take refreshment in this invitation to a delightful journey."

Winner of the New York Times Choice of Best Illustrated Book of the Year in 1959, This Is London will delight readers of all ages.

60 pages. Hardcover bound with dust jacket.  12 1/2" x 9".

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