"We've Dug So Fast And We've Dug So Well That We've Quite Forgotten To Leave A Way Out!": First Edition Of Mike Mulligan And His Steam Shovel; Signed By Virginia Lee Burton
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel.
Burton, Virginia Lee.$20,000.00
Item Number: 2273
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1939.
First edition, first issue with the date of 1939 on the title page. Oblong quarto, original tan cloth. Signed “greetings from Virginia Lee Burton” on the half-title page. An excellent near fine example in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Most rare and desirable signed by Virginia Lee Burton.
"Taking her cue from her small sons, Aristides and Michael, Burton chose subjects that would intrigue children... Mary Ann, the steam shovel (Burtons books) have heroes and heroines children can understand and enjoy, ingenious and satisfactory endings and lively illustrations. The books survive because they exhibit so effectively the elements most basic to childrens literature" (Silvey, 109-10).