"I am Eloise. I am six. I live at the Plaza hotel": Eloise; Signed by Illustrator Hilary Knight
Thompson, Kay; Drawings by Hilary Knight.$150.00
Item Number: 81365
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1955.
Later printing of the author’s first book. Slim quarto, original illustrated white cloth, illustrated throughout. Presentation copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper, “To Karol! Best Wishes from Hilary Knight and Me Eloise!” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Illustrated by Hilary Knight.
"I am Eloise. I am six", So begins the start of the famed first book by Kay Thompson's "Eloise". "At rehearsals of her act with the Williams Brothers, Thompson (who was a professional singer) prized punctuality. Then one day she was late. In a high, childish voice that she had never used before, she made her apology. One of her co-workers said, ‘Who are you, little girl?’ Thompson replied, ‘I am Eloise. I am six.’ The others joined in the game, each assuming a juvenile identity, and it became a regular rehearsal pastime" (New York Times). A book soon followed, three more were soon released.