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Eloise: A Book for Precocious Grown Ups. by  Kay. Illustrated by Hilary Knight Thompson - Signed First Edition - 1955 - from Raptis Rare Books (SKU: 133814)

Eloise: A Book for Precocious Grown Ups.

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Eloise: A Book for Precocious Grown Ups.

by Thompson, Kay. Illustrated by Hilary Knight

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New York: Simon & Schuster, 1955. American author, singer, and actress Kay Thompson began her career in the early 1930s as a choral director for radio and went on to become MGM Studios' top vocal arranger and coach to such stars as Judy Garland, Lena Horne, and Frank Sinatra. A resident of The Plaza Hotel in New York City, she became most notable for authoring the Eloise series of children's books, rumored to be inspired by the capers of her goddaughter, Liza Minnelli, daughter of personal friend Judy Garland and director Vincente Minnelli. Thomspon collaborated with American illustrator Hilary Knight to create the whimsical black, pink, and white theme that became a trademark of the illustrated series. All four books in the original series were bestsellers upon release, adapted into television projects, and a fifth installment, Eloise Takes a Bawth, was published posthumously from Thompson's original manuscripts. The series became so synonymous with The Plaza that an honorary portrait of Eloise was hung in the hotel's Palm Court and both an Eloise Suite and Eloise Menu have become special features at The Plaza.


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Eloise: A Book for Precocious Grown Ups.
Thompson, Kay. Illustrated by Hilary Knight
Book condition
second hand
Simon & Schuster
Place of Publication
New York
Date Published
Eloise at Christmastime first edition, Eloise in Paris First Edition Signed, Eloise: A Book for Precocious Grown ups First edition signed, Hilary Knight Signed
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About Raptis Rare Books

Founded by Matthew and Adrienne Raptis, Raptis Rare Books is an antiquarian book firm that specializes in literature, children's books, economics, photo books, signed and inscribed books, and landmark books in all fields. Our business model is simple: we strive to handle books that are in exceptional condition and to provide exceptional customer service. We are proud members of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA) and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) and exhibit at major book fairs in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston, as well as other regional fairs.

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