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“I AM ELOISE. I AM SIX” : UNIQUE ARCHIVE INCLUDING AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT DRAFTS FOR KAY THOMPSON’S CLASSIC, ELOISE

THOMPSON, Kay. WELLS, Robert. Eloise manuscript archive. New York, 1955-59.

Extraordinary archive collection of manuscripts and typescripts for Kay Thompson’s famous first Eloise book, with materials from the collection of Eloise songwriter Robert Wells. The extensive archive includes 26 pages in Thompson’s large distinctive hand and many other pages with her handwritten notes. The only known manuscript draft for Eloise, containing in Thompson’s hand the immortal lines, “I am Eloise. I am six.” $35,000.

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A WONDERFUL SET OF FIRST EDITIONS OF KAY THOMPSON'S BELOVED ELOISE BOOKS, THE SCARCE FIRST BOOK INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR

THOMPSON, Kay. Eloise (four books). New York, 1955-59. Together, four volumes.

First editions of all four of Thompson's popular "book for precocious grown ups" and its sequels published in her lifetime: Eloise, Eloise in Paris, Eloise at Christmastime and Eloise in Moscow—the rare first book inscribed on the front free endpaper, "For Gil Golding from the author—Kay Thompson." A desirable set. $12,000.

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SIGNED LIMITED FIRST EDITION OF THE ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL ELOISE, SIGNED BY HILARY KNIGHT

KNIGHT, Hilary. Absolutely Essential Eloise. New York, 1999.

Signed limited first edition of the "Absolutely Essential" Eloise, number 250 of 250 copies signed by illustrator Hilary Knight, including not only the complete text of Kay Thompson's cherished classic with Knight’s wonderful illustrations, but also a "scrapbook" of information, photographs and art relating to the creation and subsequent history of Thompson's precocious alter ego. $1100.

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