Beauty and the Beast, 1968. This book, illustrated by Eric Winter, was the 1th book in the original series of 27 Well-Loved Tales books. The text, as always in the books of this series, was written by Vera Southgate.
It was something of a challenge for artist Eric Winter to create a ‘beast’ who could be both frightening, believable and sympathetic. The rest of the characters and settings are very naturalistic and so a more fantastical beast would have seemed out of place. So his approach was to interpret ‘Beast’ as a human form with gorilla hands and face. It looks a bit odd at first, but Winter must have got it right, because, as a child, I found the scene where Beast is dying by the rose-bush heart-breaking.
Beauty and the Beast, 1968, matt boards, Illustrated by Eric Winter. This copy, is in very good condition inside and out. Only light wear and very nice, clean pages but for a light mark on the back endpapers. Dating from the mid-1970s, this copy was originally priced at 24p.
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