"This is George. He lived in Africa. He was very happy. But He had one fault: he was too curious": Curious George; Inscribed by H.A. Rey with a drawing
Item Number: 54063
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1941.
First edition, early printing of the first book in the Curious George series. Quarto, original cloth, pictorial endpapers. Warmly inscribed by the H.A. Rey opposite the title page, who has added a drawing of George waving a straw hat. Signed editions, especially with drawings are rare.
The Curious George books, about the inquiring young monkey who left his jungle home to live with the Man with Yellow Hat, were written by Margret Rey and illustrated by her husband, Hans Augusto Rey, beginning with the publication of the first book in 1941. The couple fled Paris in June 1940, on self-made bicycles, carrying the Curious George manuscript with them. An animated film, Curious George, featuring Will Ferrell as the voice of the originally unnamed Man With the Yellow Hat, was released on February 10, 2006. In this film (in which The Man is referred to as "Ted"), Curious George secretly follows The Man onto the ship to the city on his own accord. Frank Welker provided the vocal effects of Curious George. Tape repair to a page, very good in the rare original dust jacket with light wear.