London and New York: The Bodley Head; Dodd Mead and Company, 1929. 345 pp. Approximately 6 1/4 x 9 1/2". Dust jacket with light sunning to the spine, in very good + condition; Black cloth over boards with beautiful gilt designs and title on cover and spine, illustrated endpapers, in fine condition.
Anatole France (1844 - 1924), was a French journalist, poet and novelist who won a Nobel Prize in Literature in 1921. Penguin Island is a book about a ficticious island where a Christian monk lands and baptizes the auks, mistaking them for humans in his blind state. A wonderful and satirical work that touches on themes of human nature, morals, European history, and politics. The illustrator, Frank C. Papé (1878 - 1972), was a well-known English artist and book illustrator whose black and white illustrations are whimsical and beautiful throughout.