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The Snowman by Raymond Briggs - Signed First Edition - 1978 - from Fine Book Cellar ABA IOBA PBFA and Biblio.com

The Snowman

by Raymond Briggs

Condition: Very Good


First edition, first impression (Hamish Hamilton, 1978). Signed and dated by Raymond Briggs to an adhesive bookplate loosely laid-in.

A touch of yellowing to covers, as is common; a couple of minor knocks to corners with a few unobtrusive indentations here and there to boards; small area of foxing to fore-edge of some pages. A very good copy indeed.

Raymond Briggs was born in London in 1934.  At the age of 15, he  went to Wimbeldon Art School to learn how to draw, as he wanted to become a cartoonist.  But there he was told that cartooning was not a profession for gentlemen and that he ought to be a painter.  Raymond then went on to the Slade School in London to study painting as a full-time student.  During his spare time, he began work on a portfolio of illustrations of all kinds, including jackets and a wide selection of drawings to take to publishers.  After illustrating for advertising, newspapers and books, Raymond discovered that book illustration inspired him the most, since it offered far greater variety and freedom than anything else.  Raymond has always found it unfavorable to sustain a consistent illustration style for a long period of time.  He is always seeking to try something else new and different with his work.  Some of Raymond's best known works are The Snowman , The Man , and The Bear .  The setting for The Snowman is based on Raymond's own house and garden, which is in Sussex, England at the foot of South Downs, a few miles from Brighton.  




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