THE CRICKET IN TIMES SQUARE, by George Selden; Garth Williams - 1960 [1st Ed]


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The Cricket in Times Square

by George Selden 

illustrated by Garth Williams

FIRST EDITION. New York: Ariel Books, Farrar, Straus and Cudahy, 1960.

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

  • Volume features great color illustrated DJ, as well as pink covers with black text on rounded spine.
  • Book displays gentle overall wear and aging, and is well preserved.
  • Covers exhibit gentle edgewear, with some bumping to corners and head of front shoulder, as well as light fading and darkening along edges. 
  • Boards show faint occasional smudges.
  • Spine has bumped and softened ends, and shows minimal fading.
  • Binding is secure throughout.
  • Illustrations display gentle toning.
  • Interior exhibits gentle age-toning with occasional faint smudges.
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks. 
  • Pages 81, 85, 91 have 2" x 0.75" rectangular shadow to head corner, that also shows on head corner of front pastedown. (See photos)
  • Text block edges show gentle toning, with some scuffs and a faint stain along foot. 
  • DJ looks great behind Mylar and is backed with archival paper. (Mylar added after photos)
  • DJ is not price-clipped.
  • DJ exhibits gentle edgewear with some rubbing along edges, spine ends, and to corners, and small vertical tears along head edges, max. 0.5" into cover. 
  • DJ is gently toned on back, with minor overall rubbing
  • DJ spine shows some creasing. (See photos)
  • Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
  • SC20200227

151 pages. 6.25 x 9.25 inches.

Book features full-color illustrated DJ, and pink covers, with black text on rounded spine.

Volume features the B&W drawings of Garth Williams throughout. 

The Cricket in Times Square is a children's story that is so entertaining and so well told, that "the adult world must stop and listen too." This is a tale that can be enjoyed by little ones and grown-ups alike, and is also an ideal read-aloud for children any ages. The adventure begins when the Connecticut cricket Chester is carried away to New York in someone's lunch basket. During his eventful discovery of New York he will come across all that's worthy to be seen in the great city, meeting valuable new friends along the way: the boy Mario, the Broadway mouse Tucker, and his buddy Harry the Cat. The beauty and excitement of the Big Apple is rediscovered through the eyes of animals, and the author's enthralling narration.

George Selden (1929-1989) was an American author who occasionally wrote under the pseudonym of Terry Andrews. The present book is his best known work, having earned him a Lewis Carroll Shelf Award and a Newbery Honor.

Garth Williams (1912-1996) was a well known American illustrator. He is most noted for his illustrations of American books for children, such as Charlotte's Web, and many of the books he illustrated have become classics of American children's literature. 

EDITION POINTS: First Edition.

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