1945. Boston: Little, Brown and Company 1945.
8 vols., 8vo (8.25 x 7 inches), various paginations. All volumes inscribed by the author. Color pictorial paper-covered boards with cloth backstrip in original dust jackets (lacking one). Dust-jackets with slight toning and rubbing, some wear and occasional tears to spines and tips, interiors bright.
§ First editions thus, a complete set, each book inscribed by the author to the same child, Heather Ann McNeil, with greetings from the characters, his signature, date and a quotation from the story. A charming edition of naturalist Thornton Burgess’s humorous stories for children, originally published in 1943, here enlarged, reset and with color illustrations, jacket, and endpapers by Harrison Cady.
The Adventures of Buster Bear, inscribed, “to Heather Ann McNeil with Buster Bear’s best wishes. Thornton W. Burgess. ‘When there are things you do not know there’s fun in finding why they’re so.’ - Buster Bear 1946 [flourish].”
The Adventures of Reddy Fox, inscribed, “to Heather Ann McNeil with greetings from all the green meadow folk. Thornton W. Burgess. ‘The smartest people never show how little or how much they know,’ - Reddy Fox 1946 [flourish].”
The Adventures of Danny Meadow Mouse, inscribed, “to Heather Ann McNeil with greetings from one of her smallest friends, Danny Meadow Mouse. Thornton W. Burgess. ‘Patient watching much will learn; Thus will useful knowledge earn.’ - Danny Meadow Mouse. 1946 [flourish].”
The Adventures of Jimmy Skunk, inscribed, “to Heather Ann McNeil, from Jimmy and his friend and hers, Thornton W. Burgess. ‘In time you’ll find a reason why for all that is if you but try,’ - Jimmy Skunk. 1946 [flourish].”
The Adventures of Bobby Coon, inscribed, “Love to Heather Ann McNeil from her hollow-tree friend, Bobby Coon, and her story friend, Thornton W. Burgess. ‘Good looks were never mean to hide, nor were they mean for foolish pride,’ - Bobby Coon. 1946 [flourish].”
The Adventures of Peter Cottontail, inscribed, “Signed specially for Heather Ann McNeil by the author, Thornton W. Burgess. ‘Do what you think is best for you and never mind what others do.’ - Peter Rabbit. 1946 [flourish].”
The Adventures of Grandfather Frog, inscribed, “This book was signed specially for Heather Ann McNeil by the man who wrote the book. Thornton W. Burgess. ‘You’ll find perhaps to your surprise, you may be small yet not be wise,’ - Grandfather Frog. 1946 [flourish].”
(without dust jacket) The Adventures of Johnny Chuck, inscribed, “to Heather Ann McNeil with Johnny Chucks love and the author’s. Thornton W. Burgess. ‘With eyes open go your way and something new learn everyday.’ - Johnny Chuck. 1946 [flourish].”. Item #107038