FIRST EDITION OF THE TRUMPET OF THE SWAN, E.B. WHITE’S LAST CHILDREN’S BOOK
WHITE, E.B. The Trumpet of the Swan. New York: Harper & Row, (1970). Octavo, original blue cloth, original dust jacket. $550.
First edition of E. B. White’s third and final children’s book, with lovely illustrations by Edward Frascino, a beautiful copy.
"White's last book for children, published almost 20 years after Charlotte's Web, is the unlikely tale of Louis, a mute trumpeter swan (named for Louis Armstrong), who compensates for his muteness by becoming a virtuoso player of a real trumpet… As he had done with Charlotte's Web, [White] researched his material thoroughly— making inquiries about everything from the annual migration of trumpeter swans to the workings of the swan boats in the Boston Public Garden— and he wrote the text with the same scrupulous attention to detail… E.B. White has won a place in the hearts of the young forever" (Silvey, 677-78). See Cotsen 11943. Rear blank with inked notes by the reader.
Book fine; faint soiling, trace of edge-wear, clipped front flap of about-fine dust jacket.