New York: Random House, . Hardcover. Small 4to. Burgundy cloth with paper labels, pictorial dust jacket. 312pp. Line drawings. Near fine/very good. Jacket lightly edgeworn and faintly rubbed, with some miniscule chips at spine head/tail. Item #49636
A lovely and tight first edition of these bookish essays ranging (to cite jacket front panel) "From Chinese Detective Stories to an Inquiry Into the Sources of Mother Goose an Incurable book collector pursues his private satisfactions." Catchy jacket graphic shows a browser perusing a bookshop's outdoor sales table as the pipe-smoking proprietor stands in the doorway eyeballing the browser -- by noted children's picture book illustrator and author Paul Galdone. Comes with the ideal bookmark: the original 1942 sales receipt for this book ($2.76 with tax) is laid in; its ghostly offsetting appears where last left (pp. 204-05), though now in clear sleeve!