First printing of the beloved children's classic, in which a young boy must make his way through a fantastical land using language games and puns.
THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH
"So many things are possible just as long as you don't know they're impossible."
The nonsense tradition of Carroll and Lear gets a 1960s makeover in Milo's journey to a world where the figurative becomes literal. Juster, an architect, first composed it in a fit of procrastination while working on an entirely different book meant to introduce young readers to urban aesthetics; he and Feiffer met while they were both taking out the trash. The book became something of a cult classic among Gen X kids with bookish sensibilities, and has retained that status: its cleverness holds up to multiple readings, no matter the age. Scarce and desirable in such a bright, intact dust jacket.
Read more: Marcus, introduction to the Annotated Phantom Tollbooth, xviii.
New York: Epstein & Carroll / Distributed by Random House, (1961). 9'' x 5.75''. Original blue cloth, front board stamped in white with illustration by Feiffer, spine lettered in white. In original unclipped ($3.95) blue pictorial dust jacket with photo of author by Judy Scheftel on rear panel. Blue-printed cartographic endpapers. Illustrated by Feiffer with line drawings throughout, many full page. 256 pages. 1961 gift inscription on half title. Light bumping to corners and spine ends, with some smudging on lower edge of text block. Jacket with only faint toning and slight wear to jacket edges.
Near fine in near-fine jacket.
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