HENRY HUGGINS. Beverly Cleary, Louis Darling, novel, illustrations.


New York: William Morrow and Company, 1950. First Edition. Cleary's first book, written while working as a librarian, in response to the boys in her library searching for books "about boys like us." The first of six books in her Henry Huggins series, which also contained the first appearance of Ramona Quimby, a feisty supporting character who would shortly go on to eclipse Henry Huggins in popularity. An important debut in a long and storied career. Scarce in the first printing, particularly in the correct dustjacket. Item #3371

First Printing. Octavo (20.75cm); red cloth, with titling and decorations stamped in black on spine; dustjacket; 155,[5]pp; illus. Pinpoint wear to spine ends, some trivial thumb-soil to right edge of textblock, else very Near Fine. In the correct first printing dustjacket, with $2.00 price unclipped, and blurbs for two titles by Carolyn Haywood on rear panel; light wear to extremities, a few short tears with attendant creases, and a few tiny nicks and triangular chips, with a slightly deeper loss at base of spine; Very Good+.

Price: $2,000.00

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