Aug 072007
 August 7, 2007  Posted by at 7:57 am

First Edition Little House Fetches $9775 at PBA Galleries Auction

The Little House

The first edition copy of the 1943 Caldecott Medal winning book The Little House we described in our May 2007 blog post sold for $9775 at the July 12, 2007 PBA Galleries children’s book auction.

The first edition The Little House is very difficult to find, and we estimated the book would sell for close to $10,000. The Children’s Picturebook Price Guide estimates a first edition The Little House to be valued at $5,000 in Very Good condition, so obviously the value must be modified upward.

The book auctioned was in ‘Fine’ condition, in a ‘Fine’ dust jacket.

Written and illustrated by Virginia Lee Burton, published by Houghton Mifflin in 1942, The Little House first edition books do not surface for sale very often. There are currently none on the market.

The Little House – PBA Galleries Auction

From the PBA Auction description:

Item # : 182758


Illustrated by the author. 9×9¼, teal cloth pictorially stamped in cream, color pictorial jacket. First Edition.

Rare first edition of legendary elusiveness, an exceptional copy in dust jacket.


Just a touch of shelf wear, else fine in fine jacket.

See here for actual auction description and results.

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