"This is Oliva. she is good at a lot of things": First Edition of Ian Falconer's Olivia; Warmly Inscribed by Ian Falconer
Item Number: 64044
New York: Atheneum Books, 2000.
First edition of Falconer’s first book. Quarto, original illustrated boards, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “To dear Chris with all my love Ian Falconer.” Original photograph of a young Falconer to the front free endpaper, bookplate, fine in a fine dust jacket.
"I was just entranced by her," Ian Falconer remarked about his amusing niece, Olivia. "I wanted to make a little present for her, so I started working on the Olivia book." Falconer was inspired by his niece to begin the series, but, interestingly, he drew specific inspiration for his character from another child he encountered, incidentally also bearing the name Olivia.