New York: Robert O. Ballou, 1933. 1st. Hardcover. First Edition. Oblong 8vo. 209pp. 100 full page silhouettes of African animals with an accompanying page of descriptive text for each silhouette. Green cloth with black silhouettes and red lettering; illustrated endpapers in near fine condition (light wear to extremities). Also included with the book is the publisher's illustrated envelope (chips; short closed tears; split along one side) of 20 sheets of black paper printed with white ink of silhouettes of various African animals and vegetation for children to cut-out (3 sheets have 1-2 animals excised). A scarce copy of the first edition, made more so with the presence of the cut-outs. Item #16511
Ugo Mochi (1889–1977) was a 20th-century illustrator, sculptor and designer whose artistic abilities working with the silhouette earned him worldwide notoriety as the greatest living exponent of 'Shadows in Outline'. Mochi's lifelong love of animals lead to a successful career illustrating books about animals, the first being this title.