Jan 172008

A first edition Make Way For Ducklings, Robert McCloskey’s 1942 Caldecott Medal winning book, has recently surfaced for sale. We haven’t seen a copy for years, so it will be interesting to see how long this book stays on the market. From the item description:

Robert McCloskey     
Book Price: US$ 9000.00

Description: Good+ in Very good dust jacket.

Looks like this copy was possibly used for review in a magazine or newspaper, as one page towards the center has been exacto knifed out, and at the top there is typewriter print "Sunday Book Page 2 cols ducks". The page was then taped back in with 3 small pieces of clear (now browned) tape on one side, and one long piece of clear (now browned) tape on the other side. Restoration work could probably fix it, but I have not confirmed that. Else the book would be very good.

The pages are clean and complete, binding is strong. Light shelfwear, previous owner name neatly inside front cover. The dust jacket has light shelfwear, a little fading at very edge, a couple tiny edgetears and light edgechips. A solid very good.

Original price of 2.00 is intact on flap. No medal, of course. First printing with "First Published August 1941" and no other printings listed. Rear flap is a write up of Lentil, and about the author. Potentially the scarcest of the Caldecott winners. 9X12. Illustrated by Robert McCloskey. Bookseller Inventory # 6838

The book is being offered via ABE, click here