SIGNED LIMITED LARGE-PAPER FIRST EDITION OF POOR CECCO, BEAUTIFULLY ILLUSTRATED BY ARTHUR RACKHAM, ONE OF ONLY 105 COPIES SIGNED BY MARGERY WILLIAMS BIANCO
(RACKHAM, Arthur) BIANCO, Margery Williams. Poor Cecco. New York: George H. Doran, 1925. Quarto, original cream and blue paper boards, paper spine label, pictorial endpapers, top edge gilt, uncut. Housed in custom cardboard slipcase. $9500.
Signed limited large-paper first edition, number 72 of only 105 copies signed by Margery Williams Bianco, of her enchanting toy adventure, with seven full-page mounted illustrations and numerous in-text line drawings by Rackham.
"Margery Williams Bianco's third children's book, the much admired Poor Cecco, is the story of a wooden toy, a 'loose-jointed thing like a dog,' who gets out of the toy cupboard and has a lengthy series of adventures with his friend Bulka the rag puppy" (Carpenter & Prichard, 60). First published in serial form in Good Housekeeping. No English limited edition was ever published. Without original slipcase. Latimore & Haskell, 59. Riall, 155.
Interior fine, slightest soiling to boards, mild toning to extremities. A very lovely near-fine copy.