New York: William Morrow and Company, ca 1970s. Darling, Louis. Hardcover. 34th printing of the 1950 edition (likely published in the 1970s), octavo size, 155 pp., inscribed by Bevely Cleary. Near Fine / near fine. Item #16042101
Beverly Cleary (born Beverly Atlee Bunn, 1916-2021) is remembered by generations of children for her wonderful stories with characters with whom children could identify, including Ramona Quimby, Henry Huggins, and Ralph S. Mouse. She was the winner of numerous awards including the National Book Award (1981) for "Ramona and Her Mother" and the Newbury Medal (1984) for "Dear Mr. Henshaw", among many others.
Cleary was a librarian herself, having graduated with a Master's Degree in Library Science (1939) from the University of Washington, and worked as a librarian until she turned her attention to writing full-time in 1942. So it comes as no surprise that this book was inscribed to a librarian thus: "To [name], a good (underlined) librarian - Happy reading! Beverly Cleary".
___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full canary yellow textured paper boards, vignette in black on the front, black lettering on the spine, inscription by Beverly Cleary in blue ballpoint on the front free endpaper, although title page retained the date of 1950 this is the 34th printing per the copyright page; octavo size (8.25" by 5.75"), pagination: [1-6] 7-155. The dust jacket has an ISBN number and appears mis-matched, as it is slightly smaller in height than the book, unclipped although without a printed price, front and spine both have a background of turquoise, black lettering on the front with a vignette of Henry Huggins, black lettering on the spine, "Complete list of titles by Beverly Cleary" on the back panel, front flap with a summary of this title, back flap with reviews for other Cleary titles illustrated by Louis Darling.
___CONDITION: Volume near fine, with clean boards, top corners straight, all corners without rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; head of the spine and bottom corners gently bumped, else fine. Dust jacket near fine, the colours deep and strong, unclipped (although without a printed price), old bookseller label with a price of 9.50 in blue ink on the top left corner of the front flap, and very minor overall edgewear.
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