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Manuscript/Typescript, Skippack School
(n.p.), (n.p.), ca. 1939. A hand-lettered and hand-illustrated draft title page and a hand-illustrated typescript first page of de Angeli's 1939 book Skippack School: Being the Story of Eli Shawder and of one Christopher Dock, Schoolmaster About the Year 1750. Signed by the author. De Angeli wrote and illustrated dozens of books, including her 1950 Newberry Award winner The Door in the Wall. Two of her books were also Caldecott honor winners, the award given to illlustrated children's books, in 1945 and 1955. This title was based on the life of Mennonite educator Christopher Dock, who taught in Skippack, Pennsylvania. From the collection of Mabel Zahn, longtime proprietor of Sessler's, the legendary rare book shop in Philadelphia. Letter of provenance available. The two pages are in a contemporary frame whose cloth mat exhibits foxing; the backing of the frame is brittle and chipped; the manuscript pages appear to be fine. [#033446] SOLD

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