"Seeing Is Believing, But Sometimes The Most Real Things In The World Are The Things We Can't See": First Edition Of The Polar Express; Signed By Chris Van Allsburg With a Drawing
The Polar Express.
Van Allsburg, Chris.$1,500.00
Item Number: 4348
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1985.
First edition. Oblong quarto, original cloth. Signed by Chris Van Allsburg on the title page, who he has added a drawing of a reindeer. Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket.
The Polar Express "clearly established the illustrator-author as one of the premier creators of picture books in 20th-century childrens literature. The Polar Express, immediately taken to heart by children and adults alike, was a phenomenon in childrens publishing. It won the Caldecott Medal for illustration, appeared on the New York Times best seller list, sold more than a million copies in its first five years of publication and achieved the status of a contemporary classic Rich panel illustrations, in blues and purples, are accompanied by a narrative that achieves an exceptional sense of story Van Allsburg touches a universal chord faith. The simple truth of the story is perceptively conveyed through a felicitous blend of pictures and narrative; the combination radiates with childlike wonder while reverberating with mysterious intensity" (Silvey, 660).