Garden City, N.Y. Doubleday, Doran & Co. Inc., 1929. Field, Rachel. First Edition. Hardcover. 24mo size, 67 pp. Fine / very good. Item #17062349
Rachel Lyman Field (1894-1942) was a well-loved children's author, as well as a novelist and poet; she is best known for her Newbery Award-winning "Hitty, Her First Hundred Years". She was also awarded the Caldecott Medal, the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award, and one of the inaugural National Book Awards. This is a sweet little story about a park that "was not really a park in any proper sense of the word, but it was big enough for Tommy Toomey and the other children on the block", and the day one summer when "something happened". With enchanting illustrations that recall childhood in days now long past.
___DESCRIPTION: Bound in bright orange cloth with black lettering on the front and spine, yellow endpapers, coloured vignettes on the title and dedication pages, coloured illustrations throughout including one double spread; twenty-fourmo size (just under 5.75" by 4.25"), pagination: [i-vi], 1-60,  with vignette of a child before a notice that reads "This desirable parcel of land will not be sold until further notice...". Dust jacket with vignette of a carousel on front and back panels upon a background of yellow with borders top and bottom in orange, black lettering, front flap with a summary of the book and the original price of $.75, back flap a publisher's ad for other titles "for Small Children" by Rachel Field.
___CONDITION: Volume fine, the binding is bright, clean and unrubbed, corners straight, text block tight with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; dust jacket a bit better than very good, it is unclipped and has only minimal edgewear, but suffers from the orange borders being almost entirely faded away and the yellow background showing soiling, the spine sunned. Overall a charming presentation by a beloved children's author, fine in a very good plus dust jacket.
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