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Jean de Brunhoff

Histoire de Babar, le petit éléphant (The Story of Babar), Maquette

ca. 1930-1931
8 1/4 x 6 1/2 inches (21 x 16 cm)

Gift of Laurent, Mathieu, and Thierry de Brunhoff, and purchased with the assistance of The Florence Gould Foundation and the Acquisitions Fund, Fellows Endowment Fund, Gordon N. Ray Fund, and the Heineman Fund, 2004

MA 6304

The maquette features a fully frontal Babar on the front cover and a rear view (looking much like an elephant backside by Toulouse-Lautrec) on the back cover. Inside the rear elephant form, Jean de Brunhoff wrote 25 x 32, apparently a proposed page size in centimeters. (The printed pages would be slightly larger at 26.5 centimeters wide and 36.3 high.) This design was not incorporated in the published edition; The Story of Babar has a plain red back cover without illustration.