"WHO SAYS I CAN'T SWIM?": ONE OF THE EARLIEST DONALD DUCK BOOKS, 1936
DISNEY STUDIOS. Donald Duck. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, (1936). Quarto, original pictorial yellow paper boards.
First edition of one of the first Donald Duck books to be published, with numerous large color illustrations by the artists of Walt Disney Studios.
"Donald Duck made his first appearance on June 9, 1934 in the Silly Symphony [cartoon] The Wise Little Hen… His popularity was soon to equal and surpass that of Mickey Mouse" (Munsey, 110). This book, with large color illustrations on every page, follows the irascible quacker on an ill-fated trip to a swimming hole with Mickey's nephews. Donald's principal illustrator, Carl Banks, once confessed, "I always felt myself to be an unlucky person like Donald, who is a victim of so many circumstances. But there isn't a person in the United States who couldn't identify with him. He is everything, he is everybody; he makes the same mistakes that we all make." The first Donald Duck title (significantly shorter and in wrappers) was published in 1935, just a year before this work—likely the second Donald Duck book according to Munsey (Disneyana, 178).
Book with only a few spots of soiling to interior and bright original boards and light wear to spine extremities. Dust jacket with slight soiling, a few red paint marks to front panel, chips to lower spine end and bottom front corner (affecting the word "Studios"), and light wear to extremities. An extremely good copy.