Paris: Domino Press, (1931). Slim folio, measuring 14.25 x 11.25 inches, original blue cloth over color lithographed paper boards. Full-color lithographs, printed by Mourlot Frères, throughout text. Faded spine beginning to fray, corners lightly bumped, light toning to edges of boards.
First trade edition, English issue, of a high spot of twentieth-century book illustration. In 1931, American expatriates Esther Averill and Lila Stanley founded the Domino Press, focused on the graphic arts, in Paris. Daniel Boone was their first production. The spare text tells the story of the legendary hunter and pathfinder whose success in opening the American frontier forced him ever deeper into the wilderness: “One by one the old hunting grounds disappeared. The great animals were driven West with the Indians. . . . On his last great hunt far West in the Yellowstone he found once more the bears, the deer, the herds of buffaloes and all the animals of the early days in Kentucky." The brilliant color lithographs are the work of Russian emigré Fedor Rojankovsky, who would go on to illustrate more than a hundred children's books, including the 1956 Caldecott winner Frog Went A-Courtin'. Rojankovsky's illustrations were printed directly from the stone at Mourlot Frères, the chosen printer of Matisse, Picasso, Chagall, and Miró. A smaller-format American edition would follow in 1945, with expanded text, but it is this 1931 Paris printing that best captures the “almost luminous quality" of Rojankovsky's lithographs (New York Times). A near-fine copy of one of the most beautiful of modern children's books.