The Merchant of Marvels (Hardcover)

And the Peddler of Dreams

By Frederic Clement

Chronicle Books, 9780811832946, 64pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2001

List Price: 16.95*
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What to give the person who has everything? This is the dilemma of Frederick Knick-Knack, who surely must have, somewhere in his bags and boxes, his chests and cases, his collection of collections, the ideal gift for his friend Alice. Published in France to considerable acclaim in 1997, and translated into English with more than 30,000 copies sold, The Merchant of Marvels is now available in a new format for readers to rediscover this world of wonders. How will Frederick convey his most perfect love with just one gift? A ticket for a thousand and one flights on a thousand and one nights? Perhaps a marble made by Merlin the Enchanter? Somehow, somewhere he will find the gift like no other, the perfect present. The Merchant of Marvels is an exuberant marriage of word and illustration, its pages rich with finely crafted objets d'art, line drawings, and breathtaking watercolors. Imbued with magic, mystery, and enchant ment, this emerging classic is the quintessential gift book a wonderful story filled with unimaginably beautiful allegory, and a true expression of love and friendship.

About the Author

Frederic Clement is a designer, writer, illustrator of books, and all-around maker of marvels. His work has received enough awards to fill a treasure chest, several hatboxes, and a painted wagon or two. When not traversing the Milky Way or dabbling among the clouds, he lives near Paris, spinning his beautifully illustrated tales.