Exceedingly Scarce First Edition of Eric Carles Classic Work The Very Hungry Caterpillar; Signed By The Author With A Drawing of a Caterpillar
The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
Item Number: 3443
Cleveland: World Publishing, 1969.
First edition with the number line 1-10 on the copyright page. Oblong quarto, original illustrated boards. Signed by Eric Carle, who has drawn a caterpillar on the title page. Also laid in is a note from the author attesting to the book’s value. Light wear to the bottom boards, near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. First editions are extremely rare.
"Eric Carle was one of the first illustrators intrigued with the idea of introducing natural science concepts to young children. The Very Hungry Caterpillar has remained in print for [over] 25 years, attesting to its popularity" (Silvey, 120). The Very Hungry Caterpillar was originally published in 1969 and has since sold over 30 million copies and was voted the number two children's picture book in a 2012 survey of School Library Journal readers.