1969. New York and Cleveland: The World Publishing Company, 1969.
Oblong 4to. Original illustrated glazed boards, without dust jacket. Boards bright with tips and spine ends professionally conserved, binding starting to loosen with strings just visible between a few signatures, pages slightly age toned and with some thumbing and a single touch of crayon, the expectable signs of an early reader.
§ First edition, first printing with all issue points per Eric Carle's own copy as described in the Grolier Children's 100 catalogue (A3450 code on the rear board, copyright page with full number line 1-5 and "Printed in Japan"). A very nice copy without dustjacket of Eric Carle's most famous and most enduring book. Its brilliantly simple structure and caterpillar-munched pages caused a quiet revolution in children's picture books in 1969 and fifty years later it is still required reading for children everywhere. Grolier Children's 100: 99. Item #123000