"Goodnight room, goodnight moon": Rare First Edition of Goodnight Moon in the scarce first-issue dust jacket
BROWN, Margaret Wise. Pictures by Clement Hurd.
Item Number: 115591
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1947.
First edition of one of the most elusive first editions in children’s literature. Octavo, original illustrated boards. Near fine in a very good price-clipped first issue dust jacket with some light professional restoration, lacking any evidence of residue from the ‘Harper Blue Ribbon Book’ sticker which wrapped around the spine in later issue jackets, with the “Little Chicken” listing on the rear flap. Name to the front free endpaper.
Perhaps the perfect children's bedtime book, Goodnight Moon is a short poem of goodnight wishes from a young rabbit preparing for--or attempting to postpone--his own slumber. He says goodnight to every object in sight and within earshot, including the "quiet old lady whispering hush." Clement Hurd's illustrations are simple and effective, alternating between small ink drawings and wide, brightly colored views of the little rabbit's room. "Rhythmic, gently lulling words combined with warm and equally lulling pictures make this beloved classic "an ideal bedtime book" (The Christian Science Monitor).