New York: Alfred Knopf, 2000. First edition. Hardcover. Very good +/very good +. Leo & Diane Dillon. SIGNED. [31pp] Small quarto [23.5 cm by 23.5 cm]. Illustrated boards in a pictorial dust jacket. With a long, but very faint scratch on the rear cover. In a dust jacket, with minor edge wear, and subtle yellowing to the inside flaps. There is a tiny nick in the surface of the front panel, near the head of the spine. Signed by the author and both illustrators on the title page. The famed fantasy and science fiction writer's only children's story, first issued in 1955. A new edition of this charming tale, lavishly illustrated by the famed husband and wife team of Leo and Diane Dillon. Sixteen full page full color illustrations by the Dillons, plus a title page illustration and stunning endsheets. Signed and dated by Ray Bradbury on the title page..."Ray/Bradbury/4/28/01" and additionally signed and dated by both illustrators, also on the title page..."Diane Dillon/Leo Dillon 3/17/01". The author wrote and published this fable over fifty years ago, while his wife was pregnant with their first child, and while he was a relatively unknown young writer, not yet having published Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man and all the rest. (Inventory #: 49311)
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