"Time is a gift, given to you, given to give you the time you need, the time you need to have the time of your life": First Edition of The Phantom Tollbooth; Signed by both Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer

  • Phantom Tollbooth.

Phantom Tollbooth.

Item Number: 39016

New York: Epstein & Carroll, 1961.

First edition of this modern classic. Octavo, original blue cloth, cartographic endpapers, illustrated by Jules Feiffer. Signed by both Norton Juster and illustrator, Jules Feiffer on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine price-clipped first issue dust jacket which has had some expert restoration.

"This book has been described by Naomi Lewis as ‘the best original modern book in the Carroll line’" (Carpenter & Prichard, 409). Anyone with an appreciation for the language and irony of Alice in Wonderland will consider this witty adventure a classic. The novel begins with a miserably bored lad who exclaims that "there is nothing for me to do, nowhere I'd care to go, and hardly anything worth seeing." Suddenly a tollbooth appears in his room, and, having no other interests, the lad Milo drives through it and sets off in his toy car for a mythic journey.