"HE WAS A GOOD LITTLE MONKEY—BUT HE WAS VERY CURIOUS": FIRST EDITION OF THE SECOND BOOK IN THE CURIOUS GEORGE SERIES
REY, H.A. Curious George Takes a Job. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1947. Quarto, original pictorial red cloth, pictorial endpapers, original dust jacket. Housed in a custom clamshell box. $9000.
First edition of this second installment in the Curious George series, chronicling Curious George's attempts at finding (and keeping) a job without his curiosity getting him into trouble.
Published beginning in 1941, the Curious George books (of which this is the second) were written by Margret Rey and illustrated by her husband, Hans Augusto Rey. "Through the character of Curious George, the adventurous tailless monkey, H.A. Rey projected his own lively curiosity in the world around him and at the same time kept his stories within the realm of children's activities and comprehension… Curious George remains a recognized and beloved monkey who will continue to amuse and comfort children for years to come" (Silvey, 554). Owner inscription dated year of publication.
Book lovely and fine. Bright dust jacket extremely good, with a bit of edgewear and several small closed tears.