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GIBBONS, Stella.

The Untidy Gnome.

Illustrated by William Townsend.

Published: London: Longmans, Green & Co., 1935

Stock code: 70376

Price: £1,750

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First edition, first impression of a rare children’s book by the author of Cold Comfort Farm. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Stella Gibbons, Nov. 18 1936”. We know of no other copy in private hands, and OCLC locates only 11 in institutions. A lovely copy in the dust jacket.

Octavo. Original tan cloth, titles and pictorial decoration to spine and upper board in dark reddish-brown. With the dust jacket. Illustrations in blue, pink, green, black, and orange throughout. Lightly rubbed at extremities, spine faintly toned, slight spotting to edges, endpapers, and title page. An excellent copy in the lightly rubbed and dulled jacket with tiny nicks at the corners.

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