DU BOIS, WILLIAM PENE. DU BOIS,WILLIAM PENE. SQUIRREL HOTEL. NY: Viking 1952 (1952). 4to (7 X 10"), p., cloth, fine in dust wrapper with some chipping at spine ends, some rubbing but VG. 1st edition. Written by Du Bois as well as illustrated by him, this is the story of a remarkable hotel built by a retired toy maker for the comfort and enjoyment of squirrels. Illustrated with full page and smaller drawings in black, white and shades of grey. THIS COPY HAS A GREAT WATERCOLOR FACING A FLYLEAF, SIGNED BY DU BOIS. MEASURING 4 X 4 1/2", IT FEATURES A HUMANIZED SQUIRREL SMOKING A CIGAR AND HOLDING A POOL CUE. THE POOL TABLE IS IN FRONT OF HIM AND A POTTED PLANT IS ON THE SIDE - WONDERFUL IMAGE. Laid in is the bookplate of Artie Shaw, the famous musician. First editions in dust wrapper are very scarce and Du Bois rarely did watercolors in books.
(Inventory #: 38839)
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