CHANTICLEER AND THE FOX, by Barbara Cooney - 1958 [Signed 1st Ed]


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Chanticleer and the Fox

originally by Geoffrey Chaucer

adapted from the Canterbury Tales and illustrated by Barbara Cooney 

SIGNED BY AUTHOR on title page. Presumed First Edition. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Company, 1958.

Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD condition with VERY GOOD DJ.

  • Volume features great colorful DJ with Caldecott medallion on front, as well as red covers with black illustration on front.
  • Volume displays gentle overall wear and aging.
  • Covers exhibit significant overall rubbing, especially along shoulders, that show notable fading.
  • Cloth over boards is mostly faded, with fading starting from edges and affecting most of board. Ink remains clear and dark.
  • Spine displays gentle rubbing and fading to ends.
  • Binding is secure.
  • Interior shows a little overall age-toning, with one instance of illustration bleeding through. (See photos)
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks. 
  • Text block edges show faint foxing as well as two scuffs at head.
  • DJ is not price-clipped.
  • DJ shows gentle overall rubbing and minor edgewear, mostly to spine ends.
  • Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
  • SC20191127

Pages not numbered. Approx. 36 pages. 8 x 10.25" inches.

Vintage volume features red covers with black illustration on front, and a colorful illustrated DJ that has Caldecott medallion on front. Book is lavishly illustrated throughout, and features colorful endpapers. 

The classic tale of the rooster and the wily fox who tricked him, is presented here in colorful illustrations and children-friendly prose. Originally enjoyed in medieval England as part of the Canterbury Tales, the story of Chanticleer and the fox has remained a beloved classic for children. Chanticleer was a merry rooster who spent his days singing with his hens until Fox the trickster came to bring woe to his existence. The tale of how Chanticleer finally learns his life lesson from the fox, never again to be tricked by him, will be enjoyed by children over and over again, and is made easier to read through the adaptation of Barbara Cooney and her delightful illustrations.

Geoffrey Chaucer (c.1343-1400) was an English poet and author. He is widely considered the greatest English poet of the Middle Ages, with The Canterbury Tales being his most famous work. In addition to being a philosopher and astronomer as well as a bureaucrat, courtier and diplomat, he is also called "the Father of English literature" and is noted for having been a main factor in promoting and legitimizing the use of the Middle English vernacular when French and Latin were the common literary languages in England. 

Barbara Cooney (1917-2000) was an American writer and illustrator of 110 children's books. She received two Caldecott Medals for two children's books, including the present work, as well as the Hans Christian Andersen Award, the highest recognition for children's books creator. Her works have been translated in 10 languages.

EDITION POINTS: Signed by author/artist on title page. Presumed First Edition.

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