The Wonderful Adventures of Little Prince Toofat. George Randolph Chester.
The Wonderful Adventures of Little Prince Toofat
The Wonderful Adventures of Little Prince Toofat
The Wonderful Adventures of Little Prince Toofat

The Wonderful Adventures of Little Prince Toofat

New York: The James A. McCann Company, (1922). Illustrations by Robert Lawson. First edition. Hardcover. 4to, (10 1/2 x 12 1/8”), blue-grey gilt and pictorial cloth. Each page of text has pale green line illustrations by Lawson. There are pictorial headpieces done in black, decorative initials, pictorial endpapers plus 6 incredibly fanciful color plates that are rich in color and in detail.


The rear board is stained with loss of surface sheen; the half-title is hand-colored; there is a neat ownership name on the reverse of the first plate, followed by a lengthy pencil note on apparently an unrelated issue.


First edition of an exceedingly scarce children’s book, this is a fantasy tale about Little Prince Toofat and Himself who travel to the fairy land of Looking Glass. First serialized in the Delineator and subsequently published as a book, Lawson reportedly was not proud of this magical work which “shows the influence of Arthur Rackham and W. Heath Robinson so evident in Lawson’s later illustrations “ (Gardner: Robert Lawson on My Shelves p.9). Overall a very good copy of Lawson's first book, his rarest and most elusive.


Younger List of 100 Important Children's Books, 1922.

. Very good. Item #20272

Price: $2,500.00

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