Children's Books, Three, Signed. William Pene Dubois's (1916-1993) The Twenty-one Balloons, New York: Viking, 1948, signed by Dubois on ffep, stated second printing, in publisher's red cloth spine and illustrated basket-weave boards; in a bright jacket, the spine slightly sunned with minor chips at head and tail; this title won the Caldecott in 1948;
Lois Lenski's (1893-1974) Strawberry Girl, Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1948, signed by Lenski on the half-title, stated third impression, with the dust jacket, which is slightly chipped with losses at head, tail, and bottom front corner, Newbery Medal sticker on front panel, publisher's green cloth binding; Lenski won the Newbery for Strawberry Girl in 1946;
[and] Carolyn Sherwin Bailey's (1875-1961) Miss Hickory, illustrated by Ruth Gannett, New York: Viking, 1946, signed by Bailey on the half-title, in light beige publisher's cloth and dust jacket with a Newbery sticker on the front panel, the jacket with slight wear at head and tail, sticker torn, and some brownish stains on Miss Hickory's dress; this title was the Newbery award winner for 1947. (3)
Provenance: from the collection of Julia F. Carter (1884-1980).
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