The Good Shepherd by Gunnar Gunnarsson - First Edition Children's Books - Vintage Book, Child Book, Iceland, 1940s

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1940 first edition of The Good Shepherd by Gunnar Gunnarsson. Benedikt the shepherd and his animal companions brave the Icelandic elements to save a lost sheep.

Written by Gunnar Gunnarsson. Translated by Kenneth C. Kaufman. Illustrated by Masha Simkovitch. 1940, stated first edition. The Bobbs-Merrill Company.


"When a holy season approaches men make ready for it, each after his own manner and kind. There are many ways. Benedikt too had a way all his own; and this was his way: At the beginning of the Christmas season, that is when the weather permitted, if possible on the first Sunday of Advent, he would pack food, changes of socks and several pairs of new leather shoes in a knapsack, and with these a small oil stove with a can of kerosene and a small flask of spirits. Then he would take the way to the mountains, the desolate mounts of Iceland, where at this season of the year nothing was to be found but birds of prey, hard and cruel as winter itself, foxes, and a few scattered sheep, lost and wandering about."

Benedikt the shepherd makes his 27th annual trek into the Icelandic wilderness to rescue a sheep, and together with his dog Leo and Gnarly the ram, perseveres through extremes of weather and geography.

Gunnar Gunnarsson (1889 - 1975) was an Icelandic author who wrote in Danish but translated most of his work into Icelandic. Gunnarsson was a frequent nominee for the Nobel Prize in Literature in the years 1918 - 1961. The Gunnarsson Institute in Iceland promotes literary efforts and supports an artist residency program.
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Condition*: Very Good/Good. Dust jacket: Minor scuffing on the front; edgewear top and bottom and foredges; chipped on the upper edge, head and tail of the spine; small stain on the back; small hole on back, near spine. Inside, pages are beginning to tan else clean, undamaged, and complete.

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