Sunday, October 8, 2017

1952 Snow White Big Golden Book

The Snow White Big Golden Book was first published in 1952. The story was adapted by Jane Werner and includes Snow White's mother in the very beginning. The highly stylized (and well-liked) artwork is by Campbell Grant. Includes 32 full color pages. Hardcover. Dimensions: 9.5" x 12.75". First published by Golden Press, New York (later Simon & Schuster). Printed by Western Printing and Lithographing Company.

The 1952 first edition has a black box along the bottom front cover with text that reads, "A BIG GOLDEN BOOK IN FULL COLOR" all in capital letters. It also has a yellow box in the upper right corner with the number 10451.

1952 library binding.

Image via Heritage Auctions.

The 1967 and 1972 covers.

The first edition included a front page with a floral design and a bunny next to text that reads, "Snow White belongs to..." The floral page was found in the rear of the book too but without the bunny and text. The Old Witch on the rear outer cover appeared in all of the editions.

These additional illustrated front and rear pages were also in all editions.

Title page.

Additional images via goldengems.blogspot.

Copyright page, 1952.


Sample pages.

Illustrations and text copyright Disney/Golden Press 1952. Posted here for historical documentation purposes only.

This 1952 Golden Book had many subsequent re-printings in the years to follow and in other languages too. See the 1954 Hachette Blanche-Neige French edition in an earlier Archive entry. Campbell Grant's distinctive Snow White artwork has been reused in many times over the years. A couple examples include the 1972 Sharjah postage stamps and the 2015 wall prints. Also see a couple of the original watercolors in the previous post.

Special thanks to collector Michael Filippello for his assistance with this post.

No comments:

Post a Comment