Berlin: Ullstein, 1923. First edition. Inscribed by the author in the year of publication: "Frau Top Naeff, aufrichtig ergeben, Wien 5-2-1923." Top Naeff was a well known Dutch writer and editor of literary magazines in Amsterdam. She wrote an article about Salten's visit to Amsterdam in 1920 and it appears that a friendship began around that time. Signed or inscribed copies of "Bambi" are quite scarce. The book is in Near Fine condition with minor foxing to the extremities of the boards and at the end papers, but in excellent condition internally.
Felix Salten’s noted children’s novel, first published in 1923. Bambi follows the life of the title character, a young doe, as he grows into adulthood and learns how to deal with both the dangers of the forest and the death of his mother. The book proved incredibly popular – it has been translated into over 20 languages – and sold over hundreds of thousands of copies in the United States in the years after its release. (Novelist John Galsworthy called the book “a little masterpiece.”) Bambi, of course, would be adapted into the well known and beloved film, which would be nominated for multiple Academy Awards and was eventually added to the National Film Registry. “In word pictures that are sometimes breath-taking the author draws the forest in all its moods--lashed into madness by storms, or white and silent under snow, or whispering and singing to itself at daybreak.” (Contemporary Dallas Morning News review) Near Fine (Item #1667)
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