First edition, first printing of this classic, illustrated with rich colors by the author to accompany the wonderful story of an Irish steam shovel operator and his beloved steam shovel Mary Anne.
MIKE MULLIGAN AND HIS STEAM SHOVEL
Burton, along with Sendak and McCloskey, is among the handful of author/illustrators of picture books whose talents were equally accomplished in both aspects of creating a successful children's book. Bader (p.199-201) says that "Burton knew exactly what she wanted in a picture book, hers or another's, and she wanted a good deal - information and significant detail as well as the accostomed clarity, humor and imagination. The wonder is that she achieved what she wanted without losing the spontaneity..." The result is that her books were read to tatters so not many collectible first editions of this title exist. An exceptionally nice copy.
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.
Near fine in very good plus jacket.
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