“IT’S GOING TO HURT, GEORGE… BUT ONLY FOR A MOMENT”
REY, H.A. Curious George Goes to the Hospital. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1966. Octavo, original yellow cloth, pictorial endpapers, original dust jacket. $2400.
First edition of the beloved character’s hospital hijinks.
Hans Augusto and Margret Rey created Curious George in 1939. The Jewish couple fled Paris on bicycles the next year as the Nazi army approached. They eventually settled in New York City, where they began publishing their much-loved series of George's escapades. The Reys wrote this, the seventh installment in the series, and the last before Hans' death, in conjunction with a children's hospital in Boston.
Book extremely good, with a few finger-smudges to interior, faintest soiling to cloth, and dampstaining to lower corners of boards. Price-clipped dust jacket near-fine, with only light wear mainly to spine ends. A desirable copy.