Signed first printing of Sharp's first great mouse adventure – genuinely uncommon signed.
Near fine in near-fine jacket.
"[W]hat an appalling thought – a mouse going out into the world alone, on a mission of danger, not afraid of cats!"
Sharp's first introduction to Miss Bianca, delicate mouse aristocrat recruited into direct political action in service of the Mouse Prisoner's Aid Society by her faithful friend Bernard (also a mouse.) No-one deserves to be imprisoned in the Black Castle of Norway, they agree; not even a poet. A beautiful copy of the children's classic, full of sophisticated ironies for adults and strongly worded anti-carceral sentiments for all ages.
London: Collins, 1959. 8'' x 5.25''. Original green cloth with gilt-lettered spine. In original unclipped (8s. 6d.) dust jacket. Pictorial endpapers. Illustrated by Brook in black and white throughout. 158 pages. Signed by Sharp on the title page, additionally crossing out her printed name. Contemporary gift inscription to front endpaper verso, dated 1959. Light foxing to fore-edge and endpapers. Spine lightly sunned, with a bit of bowing to boards. Jacket shows faint foxing, most visible on flaps and rear panel; minor creasing to rear flap.
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