First Edition Identification
A Doll For Marie; illustrated by Roger Duvoisin, written by Louise Fatio; Whittlesly House, 1957.
Childrens Picturebook Price Guide: $180 Very Good+ (with the supplemental doll book)
A Doll For Marie is an interesting collector piece because of the identical miniature copy of the book inserted in a back pocket (see photo). It is somewhat difficult to find with the miniature book in tact.
From the front flap:
Here is a most unusual picture story – actually two books, a book for a little girl and a book for her doll.
Both books tell the warm, touching story of a beautiful antique doll who had no home except a dusty […]
Once again Louise Fatio and Roger Duvoisin have combined their talents, this time to produce a story which every little girl will love. And in addition they have included the very same book in a miniature size which is just right for a little girl’s favorite doll to own.
A Doll For Marie is the fifth of eighteen books Roger Duvoisin and his wife, Louise Fatio, worked on together. The teams is best known for their Happy Lion books
First Edition Identification Points
The copyright page does not state any subsequent printings.
From First Editions: A Guide To Identification, 2nd ed; Zempel & Verkler:
Whittlesly House, 1947 statement:
“The first printing of the first edition of Whittlesey House books has no indication of edition or printing anywhere in the book. The first edition may be identified only in a negative manner. Subsequent printings have ‘second printing,’ and subsequent editions ‘second edition,’ etc… on the verso of the title page under the copyright statement.”
The price on the dust jacket front flap is $2.50, followed by a synopsis for A Doll For Marie. The rear flap has “Everybody loves the Happy Lion books,” followed by three one-paragraph reviews.