By Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Garth Williams
First edition of this experimental little book bound in actual rabbit fur, bound in imitation fur in later issues.
Overall very good plus.
LITTLE FUR FAMILY
Brown published LITTLE FUR FAMILY at a time when her editor at Harper, the magnificent Ursula Nordstrom, was looking for innovative ideas and novelty formats for children's books in response to the quickly expanding market of the post-WWII Baby Boom. This book began as a handmade production by Brown herself, a quaint production containing a miniature book tucked into real rabbit fur: a small, warm and fuzzy item for a child's bedside table. This copy retains the original box, also illustrated by Williams (best known for illustrating CHARLOTTE'S WEB), with a peek-a-book hole cut into the top so that the soft fur could be touched while still protected in the box. The fur tends to wilt upon too much handling; this is a nice copy.
[New York]: Harper & Brothers, 1946. 3.25'' x 2'' (text block); 5.25'' x 3.75'' (box). Original rabbit fur-bound boards. In original color pictorial box with circular cut-out in the lid, showing rabbit fur binding within. Illustrated by Williams in color throughout.  pages. Offsetting to first and last leaves from fur binding; fur itself a bit faded at fore-edge and slightly patchy from handling. Original box with minor uniform toning and light wear, no repairs.
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