"Once there was a little tree ... and she loved a little boy": Rare First Edition of The Giving Tree; Signed by Shel Silverstein who has drawn The Giving Tree

  • The Giving Tree.

The Giving Tree.


Item Number: 5090

New York: Harper & Row Publishers, 1964.

First edition with all the first issue points to both the book and dust jacket. Octavo, original boards. Signed by Shel Silverstein, who has drawn a large picture of The Giving Tree. Lightest of rubbing to the bottom boards, fine in a very good dust jacket with a few chips and closed tears. The dust jacket is priced at $2.50, the full torso picture of Shel Silverstein, with hair, covering top left half of back of the dust jacket, three reviews of Lafcadio, by the New York Times, Kirkus and Publisher’s Weekly. One of the rarest modern children’s book, exceptionally scarce in this condition and signed with a drawing by Silverstein; a unique example. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.

The Giving Tree originally published in 1964, has since sold over ten million copies and has become one of the classic works of the last half century.

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