“THERE’S A FAMILY OF DUCKS WALKIN’ DOWN THE STREET!”: RARE AND UNUSUALLY BEAUTIFUL FIRST EDITION OF MAKE WAY FOR DUCKLINGS
MCCLOSKEY, Robert. Make Way for Ducklings. New York: The Viking Press, 1941. Slim folio, original beige cloth, pictorial endpapers, original dust jacket.
First edition of McCloskey’s Caldecott-winning book, beautifully written and illustrated with sepia drawings by him. An exceptionally scarce and beautiful copy.
“McCloskey’s Make Way for Ducklings gives an engaging picture of Boston and tells a story of universal delight for children everywhere” (Meigs, 586). “While he was working on the illustrations… McCloskey realized he needed live models. He bought four mallard chicks at a market and brought them home to his New York City apartment. When he went to Boston to sketch backgrounds, he brought back six more ducks. ‘All this sounds like a three-ring circus,’ he says, ‘but it shows that no effort is too great to find out as much as possible about the things you are drawing, It’s a good feeling to be able to put down a line and know that it is right” (Silvey, 443). Owner gift inscription on half-title. Contemporary newspaper clippings affixed to rear pastedown. Bookseller ticket.
Book with toning to endpapers and only tiny bump. Exceptionally rare dust jacket with only a bit of wear and toning. A most desirable copy in near-fine condition.