“I AM ELOISE. I AM SIX”: SIGNED LIMITED EDITION OF KAY THOMPSON’S ELOISE, SIGNED BY BOTH THOMPSON AND ILLUSTRATOR HILARY KNIGHT
THOMPSON, Kay. Eloise. Drawings by Hilary Knight. New York: Simon and Schuster, (1983). Slim quarto, original red pictorial cloth gilt, pictorial endpapers, original slipcase, original shipping carton. $2800.
Signed limited edition of the first Eloise book, number 55 of 250 copies signed by both author and illustrator.
"Eloise's birth was unexpected. At rehearsals of her act with the Williams Brothers, Thompson [who was a professional singer] prized punctuality. Then one day she was late. In a high, childish voice that she had never used before, she made her apology. One of her co-workers said, 'Who are you, little girl?' Thompson replied, 'I am Eloise. I am six.' The others joined in the game, each assuming a juvenile identity, and it became a regular rehearsal pastime" (New York Times). That pastime became a book, with three more to follow in Thompson's lifetime. First published in 1955.