The Wonderful Adventures of Nils
Selma Lagerlof's timeless Swedish fable
First UK edition, hardback bound in the original brown cloth boards with printed gilt titling and design. Top edges gilt. 21.5 × 14cm, xiii + 430pp.
Nils Holgersson is a naughty boy who pulls the tails of cats and trips up his mother while she is carrying the milk pail. Then one day he discovers he has been magically turned into a tiny imp. He climbs on the back of a gander and takes off with a flock of wild geese as they fly over Sweden, soaring above patchwork fields, through storms, to castles and lakes and even to a city under the sea. As he learns about the world, he also learns what it means to care for living things, in Selma Lagerlöf's timeless and beloved fable.
A reading copy. The boards are rubbed and have spotted fading. Taped reinforcement to hinges. The contents are good with clean pages and the inner binding is in good order.