Stuart Little by E.B. White
Illustrated by Garth Williams
True First Edition Published by Harper Brothers in 1945
Onlaid Leather Binding by The Chelsea Bindery
Binding Details: Beautiful signed onlaid full leather binding by the Chelsea Bindery featuring multi-colored pictorial onlays of Stuart Little on the front cover which is gilt ruled as is the back cover. The spine has raised hubs and gold gilted titling. There are gold gilt floral decorated dentilles, marbled endpapers, gold gilted page ends, and the cover edges are ruled in gilt. The Chelsea Bindery stamp appears in gilt on the bottom of the inside front cover.
Book Details: This is the true first edition of E.B. White’s classic “Stuart Little” that is beautifully illustrated throughout by Garth Williams with 87 black- and- white drawings. Barbara L. Talcroft in her review for Children’s Literature wrote: “How could a mouse be born into a human family? Critics and librarians in 1945 fretted that children would never accept a notion so unbelievable or a story without a neat ending. They need not have worried; New Yorker writer E. B. White's first children's book, Stuart Little, was a huge success. Since he is so tiny (only two inches tall), Stuart suffers many mishaps (such as getting rolled up in a window shade or being dumped onto a garbage scow), but he experiences triumphs, too, like sailing a model schooner safely through a storm on Central Park's boat pond. The little mouse's romantic nature sends him on a journey north in his tiny motor car to seek the beautiful bird Margalo; his more assertive side allows him to cope with a classroom of children on an unlikely assignment as a substitute in a rural school. After several more adventures and a conversation with a friendly and rather poetic telephone repairman, Stuart decides to keep on going. "As he peered ahead into the great land that stretched before him, the way seemed long. But the sky was bright, and he somehow felt that he was headed in the right direction." Garth Williams's perfect pen-and-ink drawings, scattered throughout, rival Ernest Shepard's at their best. In 1970 White received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for this book and Charlotte's Web. Although at the end, the heroic little mouse disappears down the road leading north, it's unlikely that Stuart Little will ever disappear from print.”
The book measures approximately 8” x 5.5” with 131 pages and a table of contents.
Condition Report: The binding is in FINE- condition with superficial surface wear. Internally, the book is very clean and contains no bookplates or signs of previous ownership.
Photographs of the binding and endpapers as well as some stock illustrations from the book appear in the photo section of the listing.