McCloskey, Robert (1914-2003) Make Way for Ducklings, First Edition, Inscribed. New York: The Viking Press, 1941.
First edition, folio, inscribed on title page, "To Miss Carter--Robert McCloskey," with Carter's bookplate pasted inside the front board, dust jacket with a 1 1/4-inch piece missing from the head of the spine, and a larger 4-inch piece torn from the foot of the spine, tear extending about an inch onto the front cover irregularly, two old tape marks on the back panel, adjacent to the missing portion of the spine; some wear at corners and fore-edges of the jacket as well; no Caldecott emblem on the jacket; beige publisher's cloth, with ducklings and title stamped in turquoise; binding and text with signs of handling; paste downs and endleaves somewhat browned, 12 x 8 3/4 in.
Provenance: from the collection of Julia F. Carter (1884-1980). Ms. Carter worked under Anne Carroll Moore, the first full-time children's librarian at the New York Public Library; she directed the formation of a post-Armistice library for American soldiers in France in 1918, and spent twenty years serving the children's department for the libraries in Cincinnati and Hamilton Counties, Ohio. She also presented the first Caldecott Medal in 1938. Her collection of children's books includes many inscribed first editions of Caldecott and Newbery award winners and honorees.
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