Parker, B[essie].

ARCTIC ORPHANS Verses by ... Illustrations by N[ancy] Parker.

Published: A & R Chambers

Date: c.1924

Landscape 4to. Unpaginated. 13 chromolitho. plates printed by M’Lagan & Cumming, numerous b/w. ills. Some light browning, very good in original boards, very lightly browned, with minimal wear to spine.

Scarce. Enchantingly illustrated story of three polar bear cubs temporarily orphaned whilst their parents are off hunting for dinner, and the ensuing chaotic adventures that unfold until the (surprise surprise) safe return of mum and dad. ‘The Parkers’ quirky stories in verse about animals are popular with collectors of picture books. But it’s hard to find out anything about the creators of Arctic Orphans, History of the Hoppers, Lays of the Greys, or Cinderella at the Zoo in the standard reference works. Until recently it was not known if the Parkers were men or women, one of their letters sold at Sotheby’s London on November 11, 1996 presenting their aunt with a copy of a new book revealed that they were sisters named Bessie and Nancy.’ Princeton Library.


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