THE DONKEY INSIDE
Price: 2,500.00 USD
New York: The Viking Press, 1941. A notebook of several voyages through South America, with a concentration on Ecuador. Illustrated with color plates of the Plaza Independencia, Quito, Luchow's Restaurant, House and Garden of Andre Roosevelt in Quito, and Indians in the patio of the Hotel Sucre in Otavalo. Copy #8 (or possibly "S") of only 175 numbered copies with an ORIGINAL DRAWING in color SIGNED by the author, in this case a portrait of Miss Clavell from the author's beloved children's book MADELINE. This is the first example of this title we have come across that not only contains a drawing of a character from his famous children's book series but that is also additionally INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author, as this is on the limitation page: "To Eugenio/Prestinario/from/Ludwig Bemelmans/1941." Pomerance does not indicate a lettered edition, nor have we heard of another lettered copy, but given the most unusual nature of this copy, we cannot rule out that it is lettered rather than numbered. In any case a very scarce example of original art from one of the best known children's books of the twentieth century. This book generated a term unique to Ecuadorian Spanish-- "bemelmans": a foreigner who makes fun of the natives. First Edition. Darkening of spine and slight soiling to the cloth. Very Good, lacking the slipcase.