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ESTES, Eleanor.

A Little Oven.

Published: New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc., 1955

Stock code: 109643

Price: £275

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First edition, first printing. Presentation copy from the author, charmingly inscribed on the front free endpaper: “For Genevieve, This story of another Genevieve and of Helena – with lots of little ‘ovin’s and ‘ugging – Eleanor Estes. Happy Birthday! October 16 1966”; this is a reference to the character of Helena in the book, whose mother picks her up when she is tired and says “What you need is a little loving and a little hugging”. Eleanor Estes won the Newbery Medal for Ginger Pye (1951) and three other books were Newbery Honor winners.

Oblong octavo. Original blue boards, spine and front cover lettered in black, pictorial endpapers. Illustrated throughout in colour. Minor chips and nicks to jacket. An excellent copy.

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