(5/29/02 1:38:33 pm)
| Adrienne Segur|
Some of you have talked about her art before, so I knew to take a look when a link popped up on Ebay. Imagine my surprise when I saw she'd illustrated some Japanese tales amongst her other work! Helen, there are likely illustrations that go along with your work on Donkeyskin and in Russian tales as well.
Do any of you have this book? I'm quite curious about it: "The Fairy Tale Book. A Deluxe Golden Book featuring 28 traditional French, German, Danish, Russian and Japanese fairy tales. Gorgeous illustrations by Adrienne Segur. (Illustrations are full-color, two-color and B/W. Several of the color illustrations are spread over two pages!) .... Originally published in French, this is an English translation by Marie Ponsot. Copyright 1958. ... Golden Press, publishers. Oversize hardcover, NO dustjacket, approx. 10” x 13”, 156 pages. Pink and white illustrated endpapers."
Here's the table of contents:
COMPLETE LIST OF STORIES:
The Sleeping Beauty by Charles Perrault
The Frog Princess from the Russian
Donkey-Skin by Charles Perrault
Kuzma and the Fox from the Japanese
Puss in Boots by Charles Perrault
Thumbelina by Hans Christian Andersen
Green Snake by Madame d’Aulnoy
The Tinder Box by Hans Christian Andersen
Cinderella by Charles Perrault
Kip, the Enchanted Cat from the Russian
Grace and Derek by Madame d’Aulnoy
Urashima and the Turtle from the Japanese
Thumbkin by Charles Perrault
The Wild Swans by Hans Christian Andersen
Hans and the Striped Cat by the Brothers Grimm
Little Red Riding Hood by Charles Perrault
The White Deer by Madame d’Aulnoy
Beauty and the Beast by Madame Leprince de Beaumont
Silvershod from the Russian
Queen Cat by Madame d’Aulnoy
Cowlick Ricky by Charles Perrault
The Seven Crow Princes by the Brothers Grimm
Bluecrest by Madame d’Aulnoy
The Royal Ram by Madame d’Aulnoy
Bright, Deardeer, and Kit by Madame la Comtesse de Segur
Dawn, the Golden Haired by Madame d’Aulnoy
Finn, the Keen Falcon from the Russian
Fairies by Charles Perrault
This is the link to the auction itself:
If any of you have access to this book, I'd love to know!
(5/29/02 3:20:24 pm)
| Re: Adrienne Segur|
Segur's "Golden Book of Fairy Tales" and "The Snow Queen" have been recently reprinted and are available through Amazon.com at reasonable, non-collectible prices.
Here are some links:
The Golden Book of Fairy Tales
The Snow Queen and Other Tales
They are beautiful books and highly recommended by many people on this board.
Edited by: Heidi Anne Heiner at: 5/29/02 3:22:03 pm
(5/29/02 10:59:16 pm)
Thanks Heidi! I've promptly put them on interlibrary loan request.
(5/30/02 8:04:34 am)
| more Segur|
are those the only two books available with illustrations by Segur? I've loved 'The Golden Book of Fairy Tales' since I was quite small and I recently picked up 'The Snow Queen,' but I can't seem to find any more of her work. Any information about Segur herself would also be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much!
(5/30/02 9:52:17 am)
| Re: more Segur|
There's a discussion of Segur in the archives of this board -- but I'm afraid I don't remember when exactly it was, so you may have to search.
(7/4/02 8:28:20 pm)
| Adrienne Se'gur|
Hello, I too have a great love for the work of Adrienne Se'gur. I have found a Lithiograph that sounds similar to the type of work you are speaking of. It is of a very fragile girl sitting beneath a willow tree. It is different than what is found the the 2 above mentioned books, but still capivates you.
(8/12/02 7:53:06 am)
| Adrienne Segur|
I have owned copies of two Segur books since my teens in the sixties: "The Snow Queen" and " Big Book of Cat Stories". I had been a fan since somebody gave my sister "the Fairy Tale Book" in the late fifties. I am glad to see that two have been reissued. Maybe Golden will reissue "Cat Stories" in the near future. I also recently purchased one of her early works, "Le Pays de Trente-Six Mille Volonte's" by Andre Maurois. It dates from 1929. Unfortunately, her style hadn't really coalesced into the work we all know and love. It is very spare, and in a kind of sugary debased Art Deco ( Like bad watered-down Kay Nielsen). To me, an obvious influence on her late work is Sulamith Wulfing, both in the delicate obsessive detail, and the " soulful" expressions on the childlike faces of the characters - a liitle sugary, also, perhaps, and dangerously close to the sensibilities of the " Keene" ( sp ?) paintings of the '60's.
I also would love to find out a little biographical information about her. Perhaps the publishing house Flammarion would have a little info, as she worked for them.