New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1960. Politi, Leo. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Quarto size, 32 pp., inscribed by Leo Politi. Fine / Good. Item #15032003
A charming story of a young Chinese-American girl, with an inscription in the year of publication by Leo Politi on the front free endpaper, along with original artwork of a Chinese Lantern and a wind chime in full color. ***ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Leo Politi, born Atiglio Leoni Politi (1908-1996) was a renowned author and illustrator of mainly children's books; he won the Caldecott Medal in 1950 for his "Song of the Swallows". Leo Politi's art often reflected a multiculturalism that was unusual for the time. ***DESCRIPTION: Cherry red cloth boards with a vignette of Moy Moy in white on the front board, white lettering on the spine, plain endpapers, ORIGINAL ARTWORK by Leo Politi on the front free endpaper of a Chinese Lantern, a wind chime, and the flowing inscription "To dear / Edith H--- / always with gratitude / and affection / Leo Politi / 1960". Story is replete with Mr. Politi's illustrations, most in tones of pink, black and grey, some in full color; pagination: unpaginated, 16 leaves total. The unclipped dust jacket shows the original $2.95 price, has a picture of Moy Moy and her brothers on the front on a tan background with black lettering, back panel is red, front flap shows the price, a summary of the book, and has the code "509" on the bottom left; back flap contains a short reminiscence by the author on how he came to write the book. ***CONDITION: Volume is in fine condition, with a strong, square text block, solid hinges, straight corners without rubbing, the interior is clean and bright, and other than the inscription referred to above, it is entirely free of prior owner markings. The unclipped dust jacket has not fared quite as well, it is good only with some chips to the head and tail of the spine, a tear at the back joint, several other closed tears that a prior owner repaired with cello tape, and a small bit of old dampstaining on the verso of the front panel (which does not show on the front). ***CITATION: Baumgarten p. 159/ARTIST. ***POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply, please contact seller for details. ***Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.