New York: William Morrow & Company, 1955. First Edition. Attractive copy of the first installment in Cleary's beloved series of Ramona Quimby novels. Told from the perspective of Ramona's older sister, Beezus, the novel explores the dynamic between the two girls, conveying the valuable message that it's possible to love your family even if you don't always like them. The Ramona series has never been out of print, resonating with millions of readers, and garnering critical acclaim; two of the books were Newberry Honor books, and Ramona and Her Mother won the National Book Award for Young People's Literature in 1981. An important debut, scarce in this condition. Item #3859
First Printing. Octavo (21cm); yellow cloth, with titling and decorative elements stamped in bluish-gray on spine and front cover; dustjacket; ,7-159,pp; illus. Spine ends gently nudged, tiny scuff to lower right corner of front cover, with a light diagonal crease to lower corner of half-title page, and faint handwriting impression to title page; a bright, clean, Near Fine copy. Dustjacket (supplied) is unclipped (priced $2.75), lightly edgeworn, with a faint vertical crease to spine panel, a few short tears, a fingernail-sized chip to lower left corner of front panel, and a small, faint damp mark to lower rear joint; Very Good+.