New York: Reynal and Company / William Morrow, 1974. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher's salmon cloth over blue paper covered boards, spine stamped in black, blue endpapers, original illustrated dust jacket.
First printing of this children’s book featuring words by renowned photographer and author Robert Vavra with fanciful illustrations by American socialite, artist, and quintessential renaissance woman Fleur Cowles. This uplifting yet haunting tale, which centers on the unlikely bond between a lion and the Brazilian blue butterfly he adores, imparts invaluable messages suitable for children and adults alike such as the power of transformation, courage, hope, and most importantly, love. Cowles’s rich illustrations are in accordance with her signature embellished and opulent aesthetic that was notably exhibited in her short-lived publication Flair, widely considered to be “the first magazine that became an art form." Illustrated throughout in color with die-cut pages; with introduction by Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands. Unclipped dust jacket with light toning, rubbing, and minor chipping to corners and spine head. Very good. Item #2813