FIRST EDITION OF ROBERT MCCLOSKEY'S FIRST BOOK, SIGNED BY HIM
MCCLOSKEY, Robert. Lentil. New York: Viking, 1940. Folio (9-1/2 by 12-12 inches), original beige cloth, original dust jacket. $6000.
First edition of McCloskey's first children's book, signed on the half title by him.
Written by the acclaimed, Caldecott-winning author of Blueberries for Sal and Make Way for Ducklings, Lentil, McCloskey's first book, is about a boy who longs to perform music but can't sing. Set in McCloskey's home state of Ohio, the uniquely personal work features the bold, detailed charcoal drawings for which McCloskey would later become known.
A bright, beautiful copy in fine condition.