Very Good / Very Good. Item #11692
New York: The Junior Literary Guild and the Viking Press, 1937. First Edition. Quarto (29.5x22x1cm); unpaginated [30pp]. Fourteen full-page color illustrations, with a similar number of vignettes and decorative motifs as marginalia.
Illustrated dustjacket in metallic gold and three colors. Jade green boards with dark green lettering and frieze on front panel. Jacket unclipped with shallowly docked inner flaps, as published. The jacket shows some rubbing (particularly on the metallic gold) at edges and corners, with minor chips at spine crown and foot. Some general slight soiling from respectful handling. Minimal toning to endpapers and textblock, otherwise unmarred and unmarked. Previous owner's signature—oh so tiny, and in the same filigree line as Artzybasheff's illustrations—hidden coyly within the front pastedown.
This volume was the runner-up for the Caldecott Medal in 1938—the year the medal was inaugurated.