Bemelmans, Ludwig. NY: Random House, 1942. 8vo. First edition. Color pictorial boards. Dust jacket.
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Everyone knows Ludwig Bemelmans for his Madeline series, but he authored and illustrated many additional books in his inimitable style. Rosebud is based on an old African legend. Rosebud the rabbit is a happy fellow until he reads a book that extols the strength and fearlessness of other animals, but describes rabbits as weak and scared. To prove the book wrong he plays the trickster and challenges both a whale and an elephant to a feat of strength. A scarce Bemelmans title in Fine condition in a Fine dust jacket. First edition.