New York: The James A. McCann Company, (1922). Illustrations by Robert Lawson. First edition. Hardcover. Very good. Item #20272 .
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.