The Little Engine that Could. Watty Piper, a publisher’s house name.
The Little Engine that Could
The Little Engine that Could
The Little Engine that Could
The Little Engine that Could
The Little Engine that Could
The Little Engine that Could

The Little Engine that Could

New York: Platt & Munk, 1930. First Edition. Hardcover. 1st trade edition, 1st issue of the dustjacket (a similar boxed edition without a dustjacket precedes). Universally famous and legendarily rare, beyond the reach of even the most resourceful collectors. Its basis was an evolving, oral American folk tale (occasionally printed from 1902 to 1920, under various titles including The Pony Engine) here developed into the expanded, codified account that’s immortal. Original red cloth with glossy, color, cover illustration and 9 titles listed on the verso of the front free endpaper (state Aa, but the book was unchanged in its earliest reprintings, so you need the jacket to confirm it’s the correct 1st edition), tiny Robinson’s bookstore ticket to the rear pastedown, confirming its sale in a retail store, else fine. 1st printing dustjacket with blank flaps, the back panel with 4 titles (not 6 or 9) priced $1.00 each, the critical point (state Aa), tears, creases and chips (a large chip to the blank rear flap), undeniably a shaky jacket, but it’s still integral and never repaired, and it’s otherwise good (both book and jacket have the 2 line imprint starting with No. 358, the 2nd line of it a copyright so Zielinski’s reference has that wrong). A notorious rarity by any measure when it’s correct. Only 1 genuine copy in a 1st printing dustjacket (chipped and repaired) is listed in the auction record for the last 50 years, and that sale was 15 years ago (2 others listed were in the wrong jacket, and miscataloged), and the copies currently offered online are an insult to collector intelligence. And that touches why we are here, to defend the world against bland bookselling. Fine half morocco case. fine / good. Item #507

You say you can find a finer copy? I doubt you can find any other copy in the proper jacket (I think you can’t, I think you can’t).

Price: $7,500.00

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