Gnomes by Rien Poortvliet is published in 1977 by Harry N. Abrams, Inc. The cover has some foxing and creases to the plastic band covering the Gnome on the front. The book has tight binding and squared corners. There is some mild foxing to the endpapers and some bubbling to the plastic cover along the central portion of the dust jacket (I see this on all of the Gnomes books). Also, a slight odor that for some reason I also always smell with the Gnomes books.
Do you know that a Gnome is seven times stronger than a human? Or that his sense of smell is nineteen more times more acute? Or that Gnomes rub noses in both greeting and farewell? Or that Gnome couples always have twin children?
These and other fascinating real-life details--pictured in fill color by the noted Dutch artist Rien Poortvliet--illuminate this first documentary portrayal of Gnomes (as distinct from Elves, Goblins, Trolls, Kobolds, Fairies). Poortvliet and his scientist friend Wil Huygen have spent over twenty years observing the life and work of the Gnome, and their report at last shatters the age-old myths of song and legend
A delight to the eye and filled with verbal fun, Gnomes will be a treat for the whole family: as a book to show little ones, as a spoof of scientific studies for the sophisticate, and as a charming piece of made-up reality for every reader.ISBN: 0-8109-0965-0