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 a game of two halves – externally it has pen marks and rubbing, so fair condition only, and there’s a stain on the front endpapers (see photos). But inside the reading pages are good and it would be a perfectly good copy for someone who just wants to hunt down childhood memories. Dating from the early-1970s, this copy was originally priced at 15p.
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