Charlotte's Web


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Charlotte's Web
Charlotte's Web


WHITE, E.B. Charlotte's Web. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1957. Octavo, original pictorial paper boards, pictorial endpapers, original dust jacket. Housed in a custom clamshell box.

Later printing of one of the most delightful and beloved of children's books, a cornerstone of any collection of modern children's literature, a rare copy inscribed on the half title: "For Ducky Goodbody with greetings from E.B. White."

The most celebrated of White's three children's books, "Charlotte's Web is rightly regarded as a modern classic" (Connolly, 322-23). "The book is resonant, lyrical, serious, profound. It is one of the very few books for young children that face, squarely, the subject of death. And above all it is celebratory" (Silvey, 677). White seldom inscribed his books, particularly his children's books; accordingly, copies of Charlotte's Web inscribed by him are quite rare and most desirable. In his later years, White wrote a form letter to send to children in which he commented, "Some of my readers want me to visit their school. Some want me to send a picture, or an autograph, or a book… Much as I'd like to, I can't go visiting. I can't send books, either—you can find them in a bookstore or a library. Many children assume that a writer owns (or even makes) his own books. This is not true—books are made by the publisher. If a writer wants a copy, he must buy it. That's why I can't send books. And I do not send autographs—I leave that to the movie stars." With numerous endearing illustrations by Garth Williams. First published in 1952; this copy bears the date code "K-G" corresponding to October 1957. Anderson, 6. Costen 11941. Books of the Century, 210.

Book fine, dust jacket extremely good with a bit of wear and toning to extremities. A desirable inscribed copy.

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