ME AND CALEB, by Franklyn E. Meyer and Lawrence Beall Smith - 1962 [Signed 1st ed.]


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Me and Caleb

by Franklyn E. Meyer

illustrated by Lawrence Beall Smith 

First edition, signed by the author.  Chicago:  Follett Publishing Company, 1962 

Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD condition.

  • Tan covers have green ink illustration. 
  • Boards show some smudges, edgewear.  Corners are scuffed.  See photos. 
  • Spine has green text and is spotted, with chipping at ends.  See photos. 
  • Binding is secure. 
  • Pastedowns and feps have some staining, author signature on front fep, Follett Publishing Company memorandum pasted in.  See photos. 
  • Illustrations are bright and clear.  
  • Interior is gently age-toned.  Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks.
  • Text block edges have a few marks. 
  • PS2024.0215

160 pages. 6 x 8.25 inches

Me and Caleb is a lively and heartwarming story about two young brothers growing up in a small Missouri town on the edge of the Ozark Mountains.  A beloved children's classic with plenty of adventure, lots of laughs, and some good, old-fashioned hijinks. 
Very good first edition copy, absent the dust jacket, with some wear to the cover esp. at spine.  Text block is bright and crisp.  Illustrations by American artist Lawrence Beall Smith (1909-1995). 
Winner of the 1962 Charles W. Follett Award for worthy contributions to children's literature.  In 1950, the four sons of Charles W. Follett established in memory of their father an annual children's book award to encourage quality writers to write for children.
Setting this copy apart is the memorandum, attached at the front fep, on Follett letterhead designating Me and Caleb as the recipient of the Charles W. Follett Award for 1962.  An interesting bit of publishing company history that goes beyond this story of two brothers in Missouri.
First edition, Signed by the author on front fep.

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