Page count: 282 pages
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Peer Gynt tells the story of the eponymous Peer Gynt, a hunter from Kvam, and his various exploits. Gynt rescues three dairy-maids from trolls and shoots the Boyg, a gigantic, worm-shaped troll-being. Peer Gynt, first and foremost a poetic fantasy, and only incidentally a satire. It is a fantasy woven out of the folklore of its author’s country and embroidered by his wealth of thought and keen wit. Pook Press celebrates the great Golden Age of Illustration in children’s literature. Many of the earliest children’s books, particularly those dating back to the 1850s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. Pook Press are working to republish these classic works in affordable, high quality, colour editions, using the original text and artwork so these works can delight another generation of children. Arthur Rackham (1867-1939) was one of the premier illustrators of the early 20th Century. He illustrated many books, the first of which was published in 1893. Throughout his career he had developed a very individual style that is was to influence a whole generation of children, artists and other illustrators.