New York: The Viking Press, 1940. First Edition. Sharp copy of the Caldecott Medal-winning author's first book, set in the fictional town of Alto, Ohio. The story of a boy named Lentil, who was "very happy except for one major tragedy - he couldn't sing a note, he couldn't even whistle...One day a great emergency confronted the town of Alto, Ohio, and this book tells how Lentil and his harmonica rose to the occasion" (from front flap). An attractive copy of an important debut. Item #3370
First Printing. Quarto (31cm); beige linen, with titling and decorations stamped in red on spine and front cover; illustrated endpapers; red topstain; dustjacket; pp; illus. A fresh, Fine copy in a Near Fine dustjacket, unclipped (priced $2.00), with light wear and toning to extremities, and a few short, closed tears.