December 10, 2007

Saul Bass's Kid's Book: Henri's Walk To Paris

Nice. Word on the blogs is that Saul Bass designed only one children's book, the 1962 story by the rather prolific children's book author, Leonore Klein, Henri's Walk To Paris, about a boy from the village of Reboul who decides to visit the big city.

[If Reboul is real, does it even have one bus, as Henri claims? It looks like a couple of hilltop buildings in the middle of a southern French national forest.]

While the book has an Amazon page--that doesn't mention Bass at all-- the Bass fishermen appear to have hooked every possible copy on the web. Is that even possible? [update: And how. most of the few mentions of the book are on Japanese rare children's book dealer websites. One lonely blog commenter mentions looking for five years and only seeing one copy, which sold for 90 pounds on eBay.]

So until something turns up, we'll have to make do with Grain Edit's photoset on flickr.

Henri's Walk To Paris - designed by Saul Bass [grainedit.com]

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Very cool. I'll add it to the list of things to keep an eye out for.

On a side note, just thought I'd mention that I had a chance to visit Saul Bass's Case Study House (by Buff, Straub, and Hensman in 1958) last year after a painstaking restoration; it's still one of my favorites.

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