Item #5686 The Wonderful Adventures of Little Prince Toofat. George Randolph Chester, Robert Lawson.
The Wonderful Adventures of Little Prince Toofat
The Wonderful Adventures of Little Prince Toofat
The Wonderful Adventures of Little Prince Toofat
The Wonderful Adventures of Little Prince Toofat

The Wonderful Adventures of Little Prince Toofat. Written by George Randolph Chester. Illustrations by Robert Lawson

New York: The James A. McCann Company, 1922. 1st Edition. Large quarto, publisher's gray cloth, upper board stamped in gray and gilt, illustrated endpapers.

First edition of prolific children’s book author and illustrator Robert Lawson’s first book, written by author and screenwriter George Randolph Chester. The only person ever to win both the Caldecott and Newbery Awards, Lawson's creative career began when he was a student at the New York School of Fine and Applied Arts (now the Parsons School for Design). After serving in WWI, he returned to New York to work as an illustrator for the Century Magazine. In 1921, he was commissioned to illustrate Chester’s serialized fairy story set in "Looking-Glass Land" for women’s magazine The Delineator, with the series published in book form in 1922. Notably, Lawson was unhappy with the quality of the reproductions of his drawings, and it was not until 1930 that he illustrated another author’s children’s book. He went on to become one of the most notable figures in the history of children’s literature, revered for his whimsical yet refined line work, and is the first and only author-illustrator to be awarded both the Caldecott Medal (in 1941 for They Were Strong and Good) and Newbery Medal (in 1945 for Rabbit Hill). Illustrated with six color plates, and numerous monochrome marginal vignettes, chapter heads and head-pieces. ink gift inscription dated 1924 to verso of frontispiece. Light foxing and toning to plates and adjacent pages; light soiling, foxing and edgewear to cloth. A very good copy of a rare children's book. Item #5686

$1,300.00

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