Rare publisher's proof of Van Allsburg's Caldecott Medal-winning story, his best known work — with publisher's greeting card laid in.
Fine in near fine dust jacket.
THE POLAR EXPRESS
If not absolutely the best book about trains, certainly the best children's picture book about them. Trains: the only way to travel. THE POLAR EXPRESS takes its passengers through ice and snow, over mountains and past prowling wolves, to the heart of the North Pole. Beautifully illustrated with unforgettable panoramic views contrasting wolf-filled wilderness and the warm lights of home. This publisher's proof, apparently sent out to prospective buyers around the holidays, offers a snapshot of the promotional activities that went on before THE POLAR EXPRESS became a Caldecott-winning picture book juggernaut. A great copy of a rare format.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1985. 9.25'' x 11.5''. Original unclipped ($15.95) color pictorial dust jacket. Illustrated in color.  pages in two loose gatherings. Promotional Christmas card, illustrated with the silver bell from THE POLAR EXPRESS, from Houghton Mifflin loosely laid in, with original blank envelope. Jacket with mild edgewear. Clean and bright.
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