First printing, from Averill's Domino Press, with an autograph letter signed by Averill and on her stationery laid in.
The story of a horse and a dog, featuring absolutely beautiful color lithographs by Rojankovsky, printed by the Domino Press – which sought the highest quality illustrations to pair with the text for their children's books like its famous first book, DANIEL BOONE (illustrated by Rojankovsky).
Averill's letter refers to a book from her career after she returned from Paris, when she became famous for her books on cat subjects. Dated March 31, 1970, it reads: "Dear Helen Fay: Because of the postal strike and attendant delays and confusions, I am writing to let you know that I finally received your letter of 3/17 and yesterday I was able to get the 3 foreign editions of the Fire Cat to the post office, where they are being sent to the Florida School indicated on your postal label. Sorry I have no 'background' material to send you. Thanks for sending the flyer about yourself. Sincerely, Esther Averill."
Paris: Domino Press, (1934). Full title: Éclair: histoire d'un cheval, d'un chien de carrosse et des Bohémiens. 10.25'' x 6.75''. Original quarter tan cloth, color pictorial boards. Illustrated by Rojankovsky with color lithographs throughout. Printed on high quality paper. 32 pages. ALS on Averill's stationery, dated 1970 and with Brooklyn address, laid in. Ink owner name on front pastedown. Faint soiling to boards, marginal sunning to rear board.
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