Chatto and Windus lift-the-flap book ring-bound in stiff card cover boards printed in colors. About 5 inches tall. Remarkable fresh colors throughout. No date imprinted, but vintage price tag on rear cover shows price of 6/-. Light wear to corners and edges of boards. No writing in book. Inside rear cover shows a little rust where the wire binding touches paper. Otherwise Near Fine.
Hans Augusto Rey was born in Hamburg, Germany in 1898. As a child, he spent much of his free time in that city's famous Hagenbeck Zoo drawing animals. After serving in the army during World War I, he studied philology and natural science at the University of Hamburg. He then married Margret Rey and they moved to Montmartre for four years. The manuscript for the first Curious George books was one of the few items the Reys carried with them on their bicycles when they escaped from Paris in 1940. Eventually, they made their way to the United States, and Curious George was published in 1941.