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The Village Tree.

Published: New York: The Viking Press, 1953

Stock code: 98720

Price: £325

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First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author-illustrator on the half-title and the verso of the front free endpaper: “To Stephen and Andy, with best wishes. Author, Taro Yashima, Jan. 1960”, together with a small red stamp and an original drawing of a bird, a nest, and a leaf.

Quarto. Original grey cloth, titles to spine and front board in orange, pictorial endpapers. With the dust jacket. Illustrated throughout by the author. Later ownership signature in blue ink to front pastedown. Otherwise a fine copy in a price-clipped jacket with mildly rubbed extremities and a couple of short closed tears to head of spine.

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