First Edition of Tasha Tudor's A is for Annabelle; Signed by Her
A is for Annabelle.
Item Number: 1147
New York: Oxford University Press, 1954.
First edition. Signed by Tasha Tudor on the front endpage. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with only the lightest of wear. A very sharp example.
A Is for Annabelle is a quaint alphabet book graced with Tudor's intricately detailed, highly appealing illustrations. Annabelle is a china doll that belonged to Grandmother. Two little girls play their way through the alphabet, dressing up this lovely doll ("H is her Hat with an elegant feather") all the way through X ("the letter for which I've no rhyme"), Y ("the Yarn her stockings to mend"), and Z ("her Zither and this is the end"). Alternating black-and-white illustrations with full-color spreads, Tudor surrounds each page with a graceful floral border and includes such charming details as a sewing basket with a pincushion, a cricket peering at a pink patchwork quilt, and the tiny boxes containing Annabelle's hats, slippers, and earrings.
Other Books by this Author
New York: Oxford University Press, 1957.
First edition. Oblong quarto, original cloth. Fine in a very good dust jacket. Signed by the author, “greetings Tasha Tudor.” A very sharp example of this wonderfully illustrated Tudor title.
Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1993.
First edition of this cookbook, which features more than 80 of Tudor’s favorite recipes. Octavo, original illustrated boards, illustrated throughout. Signed by Tasha Tudor on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
New York: Oxford University Press, 1943.
First edition. Signed by the author, “greetings! Tasha Tudor” on the title page. Fine in a fine jacket with just a touch of wear. This is the nicest copy we have handled or seen.
New York: Oxford University Press, 1949.
First edition. Signed by Tasha Tudor on the title page. In very good condition, lacking the dust jacket.
New York: David McCay Company, 1978.
First edition. Quarto, original red cloth. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Signed by the author, “greetings! Tasha Tudor.”
New York: Oxford University Press, 1950.
First edition. Octavo, original red cloth. Fine in a very good dust jacket. Signed by the author, “greetings Tasha Tudor.”
Ashville, NC: Front Street Press, 2002.
First edition, later printing. Oblong quarto, original illustrated glossy boards. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Signed “Greetings Tasha Tudor” on the front free endpaper. Illustrated throughout.
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London: Harvill, 2000.
First editions of the author’s most well-known work. Small octavo, original wrappers as issued. Both volumes are signed by Haruki Murakami on the title page. Both volumes are in fine condition and are in the original gold box. Translated by Jay Rubin.
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New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1963.
First edition in the first-issue dust jacket of one of the scarcest and most desirable books in modern children’s literature. Oblong quarto, original cloth backed pictorial paper boards. Inscribed by Maurice Sendak with a drawing of Mickey Mouse on the half-title page, “For David, Hi! Maurice Sendak May ’80.” It was Walt Disney’s 1940 feature film Fantasia, starring Mickey Mouse, that inspired 12-year old Maurice Sendak to become a cartoonist. Born the same year that the famous anthropomorphic cartoon character made his first appearance in the the 1928 short film Steamboat Willie, Sendak described Mickey Mouse as “the emblem of happiness and funniness [and] the little brother I always wanted” (Romano, 2012). One of the most avid collectors of Mickey Mouse memorabilia, Sendak has noted that early appearances of Mickey in both film and collectible figurines had teeth, which were later omitted as his character became more popular and his more cruel tendencies were transferred to other characters. Sendak’s characters, with plenty of teeth, came to embody not just the adorable and benevolent, but the frightening and dangerous; evoking feelings in the children who read his stories quite unlike those encouraged by the typical illustrated children’s tale. Fine in a near fine first-issue dust jacket. This is the correct first state of the dust jacket with no mention of the Caldecott award, and a $3.50 price at top of front flap. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example, rare and desirable in this condition and with a drawing of the character that inspired Sendak’s career, Mickey Mouse.
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New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1933.
First edition of Eleanor Roosevelt’s first book. Octavo, original cloth, tissue guard present opposite the frontispiece portrait of Roosevelt. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a few small chips to the spine. A very nice example.
"This life is slow suicide, unless you read": First Edition of The Caine Mutiny; Signed by Herman Wouk
Garden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc, 1951.
First edition of Wouk’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Octavo, original blue cloth, cartographic endpapers. Boldly signed by Herman Wouk on the title page. Very good in a very good second issue dust jacket with “City Boy” on the rare panel. Jacket painting by John Hull.