The Rabbit's Umbrella
NY, Viking, 1955. Plimpton's first regularly published book, a children's book, illustrated by William Pene du Bois and dedicated to Peter Matthiessen and his first wife and their son. This copy is a dedication copy: inscribed by the illustrator "Billy" Pene du Bois to Peter Matthiessen et al, with an extra drawing of an angry rabbit on the half-title, with rough seas in the background, linking it to the dedication page, and captioning it "Damn Weather." Spine slanted; a very good copy in a good, handled dust jacket, with a chip at the lower outer corner. From Peter Matthiessen's library, and both a dedication copy of the book and a notable association copy: Plimpton was the first editor-in-chief of The Paris Review, which Matthiessen co-founded in 1953; the artist was part of their Paris expatriate circle; they all remained lifelong friends. [#031741] SOLD

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