NY, Reynal & Hitchcock, (1934). An advance copy, in the form of unbound sewn signatures of the first American edition of the first book in Travers' Mary Poppins series, basis for the 1964 Disney film version starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. This copy is apparently from the collection of Gerald Gottlieb, who was the Curator of Early Children's Books at the Pierpont Morgan Library, and a noted expert in the field who taught a course on the subject at the Rare Books School at Columbia University in the 1980s. The Morgan's collection does not include an example of an advance copy of this title, British or American, as far as we can tell. Publisher's label on front sheet, giving forthcoming publication date and price. Prelims stained, and front sheet with several pencil notations; the rear cover is simply the last page of the book. Modest foxing to text; stitching of signatures a bit loose; still a good copy or better of this fragile volume. Includes the illustrations by Mary Shepard. Rare. [#034719] SOLD
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