First edition, first printing. Publisher's original red cloth with black and white titles and illustrations to the upper board and spine. Illustrated throughout in black and white by the author. A very good copy, the white pigment rubbed off the spine and some areas of the upper board, the cloth slightly worn to the spine tips and board corners a little faded to the spine, the hinge starting at the first page of 'How the Whale Got His Throat' but holding. The contents, with some spotting to the prelims and text block edges and a closed tear to the plate facing page 18 which does not affect the illustration, are otherwise clean throughout.
The rubbing off of the white titles and parts of the illustration on the binding would suggest this to be the first issue of the first printing "The white pigment used on the covers of the first edition flaked off and a new ink was used for subsequent issues" [Stewart 260].
Stock code: 22495