The Donkey Inside:. First Edition and Author's Personal Proof.
New York: Viking Press, 1941. First Edition. Hardcover. A precursor to Hotel Splendide, essays and stories about wandering (and wining, if you will) around Europe. A very handsome copy of the first edition of this book paired with the author's own proof...a very special pair and a wonderful addition to any Bemelmans collection. Near Fine in Very Good+ DJ. Touch of toning at spine and edges, else tight, bright and unmarred. DJ shows light shelf wear (focused at tips), touch of chipping at head, two small, closed tears at bottom rear, else bright and clean. Beige coated cloth, red ink lettering and decorative elements, brown pictorial endpages, text block edges stained scarlet. 8vo. 224pp. Illus. (color plates). Paired with this volume is one of the original author's proofs (the other would have been returned to Viking with changes) addressed to author at his home at the Gramercy Park. This proof is unbound and printed on paper approximately 6"x25" with the text blocks split at the midpoint and half-pages indicated. Item #2103