2 December 2014
This lot is offered without a reserve
CARLE, Eric (b. 1929). The Very Hungry Caterpillar. New York and Cleveland: The World Publishing Company, . Oblong 4°. Original pictorial boards; pictorial dust jacket. Provenance: David Plourde (ownership signature on title).
A SUPERB FIRST EDITION OF ERIC CARLE'S CLASSIC CHILDREN'S PICTURE BOOK, ANNOTATED THROUGHOUT AND SIGNED BY HIM AT END. Carle makes notes from the front dust jacket panel ("If I had to change anything I would make my name bigger!") to the final page of text ("The printing could be a lot better") and lays in a drawing of a rabbit on translucent paper with directions to the printer. Dedicated to his sister, Christa, Carle writes on the dedication leaf that "My sister is 21 years younger than I!" and on the first leaf of text "I have often tried to recreate the soul full look of the moon -- never succeeded!" On the penultimate spread, he writes "Some children and teachers point out that cocoon should be chrysalis… and that I am wrong…" Carle's classic work is revered as one of the greatest of the genre, known for its unique use of collage and die-cutting that combines beautiful book design with a scientifically-oriented tale of life and growth. The Very Hungry Caterpillar has sold over 30 million copies worldwide, the equivalent of one copy per minute since its publication. But first editions are exceptionally RARE.
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