First printing of the classic picture book, a carefully designed balance of text and image by the author, in the scarce original dust jacket.
Near fine in very good plus jacket.
MIKE MULLIGAN AND HIS STEAM SHOVEL
"Elements that most distinguish Burton's work are her intricate theory of design [... and] her sense of the wholeness of the book, that is, the relationship of successive pages." – Anita Silvey
Along with Sendak and McCloskey, Burton is among the handful of picture book creators whose talents were equally accomplished in both roles, as author and artist. Burton was a perfectionist obsessed with design theory, which she explored in the deceptively simple format. MIKE MULLIGAN is acclaimed for its attention to the small details, while maintaining a clear and spirited through-line: "The wonder is that she achieved what she wanted without losing the spontaneity," noted Barbara Bader. As a result, her books are often read to tatters and not many collectible first editions of this title exist. An exceptionally nice copy.
Read more: Bader, American Picturebooks, 199-201; Silvey, Children's Books and Their Creators, 109.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1939. 8.5'' x 9.5''. Original tan pictorial cloth. In original price-clipped red pictorial dust jacket. Color pictorial endpapers.  pages. A few tiny margin mends and hinge wear in an amazingly bright jacket with only a few tiny closed edge tears and 1/4'' chip off top of spine.
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