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SAYERS, Frances Clarke.

Anne Carroll Moore. A Biography.

New York, Atheneum, 1972 Stock Code: 92281

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First edition, first printing, of this biography of Anne Carroll Moore (1871-1961), American author, educator and advocate for children's libraries. Presentation copy inscribed to Julia Carter, the first full time children's librarian at the New York Public Library. Sayers's inscription, to the front free endpaper, is fulsome: "This book is for Julia Carter, who gave most generously to its making - in 'remembrance of things past' - with gratitude and warm affection, Frances Clarke Sayers, The Ojai - California, Summer 1972". Julia Carter (who is quoted at length in this book regarding her debt to Sayers's teaching) was also the first national president of the Division of Library Work with Children and Young People of the American Library Association. She presented the first ever Caldecott Medal in 1938. The author Frances Clarke Sayers was also a significant children's librarian and children's book author. A magnificent tripartite association between passionately influential women in 20th-century American children's literature.

This copy also includes an archive of friendship and correspondence, with 12 autograph letters signed (some running to numerous pages, one of which a beautifully illustrated card) from Moore to Carter, as well as a signed photograph of Moore in graduation robes of the University of California, and a small pamphlet of the "Children's Books of Yesterday, an Exhibition from many Countries" exhibition at the New York Public Library, 1933, written and curated by Moore.

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Octavo. Original white cloth backed red boards, titles gilt to spine, top edge dyed yellow, yellow endpapers. With the dust jacket.


Plates illustrated with photographs.


Slight tanning to spine ends, minor surface tear to front pastedown from removed bookplate, an excellent copy in the price-clipped jacket, somewhat spine tanned, small chips to ends and corners.


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