The Little Steamroller. A Story of Adventure, Mystery and Detection. Grahame Greene.
The Little Steamroller. A Story of Adventure, Mystery and Detection.
The Little Steamroller. A Story of Adventure, Mystery and Detection.
The Little Steamroller. A Story of Adventure, Mystery and Detection.
The Little Steamroller. A Story of Adventure, Mystery and Detection.
(Greene, Grahame)

The Little Steamroller. A Story of Adventure, Mystery and Detection.

Craigie, Dorothy (illus.)

London: Max Parrish, 1953. Small quarto. (36)pp. First edition. Publisher’s production file copy, as noted in ink on the front endpaper and the upper front panel of the dust wrapper. At the top of each page, the color register is written out with a double set of check marks. The dust jacket encapsulates this volume's unique usage as a display copy; at its rear fold it calls itself a "brilliant little companion" for another of Greene's children's books and states that it "can be obtained from any bookseller". Thus, the volume not only acts as a testament to Greene's foray into the world of children's literature, but also exemplifies a particular stage in its publication history. This is Greene’s fourth and final book for children, telling the story of a hard-working steamroller that interrupts a Christmas-time smuggling operation at the airport in London, for which it receives an award from the Queen. All of Greene’s children’s books were done in collaboration with the illustrator Dorothy Glover, who worked under the pen name Dorothy Craigie. Greene and Glover met in 1938 while she was working as a costume designer for the theater, and they began an affair that ended in the late 1940s. This volume marks the end of Greene and Glover's professional relationship, which had only begun out of Greene's guilt at ending their romance. Glover's artwork features a creative use of a limited color palette, rendering entire scenes in five basic hues. A fine copy in blue gilt-stamped cloth, with dust wrapper that shows light wear to spine ends. Item #22265

(Wobbe A30a).

Price: $1,500.00

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