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Gobbolino The Witch's Cat.
London; George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd. 1942. Square 8vo. Original bright green cloth, lettered and decorated with a cat vignette in rust to upper board, fore-, and lower edges untrimmed, preserved in original decorated orange dustwrapper; pp. [vi], [5]-192; with pictorial title, frontispiece in green and black, and cat illustrations throughout in bold black line including full-page plates; a very good copy indeed, externally clean with a narrow strip of fading to spine ends and along extreme lower edge of boards, internally equally fresh and sound with only mild offset shadowing to endpapers and a neat contemporary ownership inscription to front free endpaper, protected by an attractive, and honest, example of the unclipped dustwrapper (5/-) which is lightly dust-soiled, and mildly rubbed, with irregular chipping to spine ends (to a maximum depth of 13mm) and smaller chips to corners; this dustwrapper is now loosely backed by complementary paper; a genuinely rare book. First edition of this notable rarity which is barely ever seen on the market, even without the dustwrapper. This is, in fact, the first time we have come across a copy in a jacket, which we have never seen recorded elsewhere. The book, which has inspired such a devoted following over the years, has been republished a couple of times with new illustrations, and also been abridged, but the original edition is enhanced by the author's own drawings, which are wonderful. One explanation for the scarcity of this work, apart from the fact that it is a wartime publication, could be an error on the front flap of the dustwrapper which caused the book to be withdrawn from the market. The flap blurb refers to "Milly-Molly-Mandy Books by Ursula Moray Williams". Of course the Milly-Molly-Mandy titles were actually written by Joyce Lankester Brisley. Confusion could have arisen from the fact that Lankester Brisley was the illustrator for Moray Williams' earlier title "Adventures of the Little Wooden Horse" (1938), which is another remarkable rarity. No copy in commerce at the time of cataloguing, either with or without the dustwrapper. Only one copy of the first listed on Copac (Oxford); this copy and four others mentioned on WorldCat (BL; BL reference collection; Nat. Lib. of Scotland; Trinity Coll., Dublin) although the additional three are undated, with no publisher named, so it is impossible to tell without examining them if they are firsts. No copies listed in overseas libraries.
      [Bookseller: Henry Sotheran Ltd.]
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