Gorgeous first U.K. printing of White's classic children's book.
Fine in fine jacket.
"The sky," he wrote on his slate, "is my living room. The woods are my parlour. The lonely lake is my bath. I can't remain behind a fence all my life."
The third of White's novels for children, following CHARLOTTE'S WEB and STUART LITTLE; first published in the U.S., also in 1970. Like its predecessors, THE TRUMPET OF THE SWAN follows a lonely but intrepid creature set apart from the rest of the animal world and halfway human. The voiceless swan Louis, named for Louis Armstrong, learns to play the trumpet, read and write, and get a job, before leaving most – but not all – of his acquired trappings of civilization behind to return to the wilderness. Highly praised by John Updike, who wrote that the book "glows with the primal ecstasies of space and flight, of night and day, of nurturing and maturing, of courtship and art... The universe remains chancy, but no one admits to having good luck. We, and our children, are lucky to have this book."
Read more: John Updike, "The Trumpet of the Swan," The New York Times Book Review.
London: Hamish Hamilton, (1970). 7.75'' x 5''. Original green cloth with gilt-lettered spine. In original unclipped (£1.25) dust jacket. Illustrated half-title verso and title page, with full and partial-page illustrations throughout. , 210 pages. Faint toning to endpapers and jacket flaps. Tiny crease to rear jacket flap corner.
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