King, Marian; pictures by Nell Stolp Smock PICCOLINO
Chicago: Albert Whitman & Co./Junior Press Books, 1939. B00089WT9S First edition, first printing. This copy inscribed (...Piccolino says hello -- from his mistress -- ) and SIGNED author King. Hardcover. Tiny dots of wear to shelf edges, else an impossibly bright, fresh, fine copy, in eye-popping orange cloth with full-color paste-on illustration; in a bright, near fine dust jacket with wear at spine ends, nick to interior of spine panel, mild rubbing.
Superb copy of King's enchanting picture-book tale of Piccolino, a little gray and brown donkey who pulls one of the most beautiful carts on the island of Sicily. Smock's b&w art is a delight, and her color illos glow three-dimensionally from the page!