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The Magical Nanny's First Appearance
By P. L. Travers, illustrated by Mary Shepard
First edition of this beloved tale of a very unusual nanny, adapted into an equally beloved Disney musical starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke.
Very good in very good jacket.
"The wind, with a wild cry, slipped under the umbrella, pressing it upwards as though trying to force it out of Mary Poppins's hand. But she held on tightly, and that, apparently, was what the wind wanted her to do, for presently it lifted the umbrella higher into the air and Mary Poppins from the ground."
MARY POPPINS was Travers's first work aimed at a younger audience: she had published extensively before creating the equally stern and magical nanny who would become a cultural icon. Travers famously objected to the Disney treatment her story received, particularly the animated elements and songs; "[s]he hated everything," composer Richard Sherman recalled (VARIETY). "Travers saw herself as a mythographer" notes Kathryn Hughes in THE GUARDIAN, "she didn't create specifically for children... [she] was more interested in excavating the archetypes that underpinned" popular stories. As with many children's books that have remained popular, MARY POPPINS (and especially its titular character) has an unusual capacity to bear ever morphing and flexible readings that help it feel fresh to each succeeding generation. It is quite scarce in the original dust jacket.
Read more: Melinda Newman, "'Poppins' Author a Pill No Spoonful of Sugar Could Sweeten," Variety; Kathryn Hughes, "What Saving Mr Banks tells us about the original Mary Poppins," The Guardian.
London: Gerald Howe Ltd, (1934). 7.5'' x 4.75''. Original yellow cloth binding with black lettering and central portrait of Poppins. Original blue and yellow unclipped (5s net) dust jacket. Blue topstain. Black-and-white pictorial endpapers of the Banks family and other characters. Illustrated in black and white. 206 pages. Dust jacket with light edgewear, a few very small chips to spine ends and rear flap; spine slightly toned. Binding with dampstain to spine and and a bit faintly to boards, not affecting any leaves. Interior clean. Sound.
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