The Matchlock Gun by Walter D Edmonds


The Matchlock Gun by Walter D Edmonds. Illustrated by Paul Lantz.

The illustrations in this children’s picture book are wonderful. This lithographic technique, so superbly handled by artist Paul Lantz,  produces the most vibrant colourful images.

The book contains 6 full colour double-page spreads and numerous monochrome images. The colour spreads and the end-papers are hand-drawn lithographs, and have that rich colour that this type of printing produces. (Read our article on the beauty of hand-drawn lithographs.) The colours are rich and bright and the monochrome images are beautifully subtle.

We love finding and rescuing books printed in this manner. The outer dust jacket is a little scuffed and torn on the top and bottom edges but the inner pages are bright and clean.

The Matchlock Gun is an exciting story telling the tale of early settlers in America and how a young boy saves his mother and sister from attack. It was chosen by the American Library Association as The Most Distinguished Contribution to Literature for Children published in 1941.

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