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    Two Original Drawings Used in the First Edition of Stuart Little

    [E. B. White]. Garth Williams. Two Original Pen-and-Ink Illustrations from Stuart Little and a First Edition of the Novel. The first illustration included here appears on page 95 of the first edition of the classic children's book and shows Harry swiping Katherine's little pillow. The drawing measures approximately 8 x 7 inches. The second image appears on page 97 and depicts Stuart admonishing Harry for taking the pillow. It measures approximately 10 x 8 inches. These wonderful drawings are in near fine condition. [together with:] E. B. White. Stuart Little. New York: Harper & Brothers, [1945]. First edition. Illustrated by Garth Williams. Octavo. 131 pages. Publisher's tan cloth with stamping in green and white. Mild toning to page edges. Dust jacket is price-clipped and shows darkening along the spine and edges with some chipping to spine ends. A near fine copy.

    The character of Stuart Little came to White in a dream as he traveled by train to New York. White said Stuart appeared to him "all complete, with his hat, his cane, and his brisk manner." Though he began the manuscript in 1938, White did not complete the work until the winter of 1944-45. White's editor at Harper had difficulty finding the perfect illustrator, complaining that "it is terribly difficult to draw attractive mice" and went through no less than eight illustrators before finally signing Garth Williams, a prize-winning sculptor. Williams would also illustrate White's next book, Charlotte's Web. Though not warmly received by the literary community when first published, Stuart Little quietly gained an audience that now spans the generations.

    Scott Elledge, E. B. White, pages 254 & 263.

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