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    Stuart Little Inscribed by E. B. White

    E. B. White. Stuart Little. New York: Harper & Brothers, [1945].

    First edition. Inscribed by White on front endpaper, "For Dr. George Waterman - who asked about my preoccupation with mice. Best regards from Andy White." Illustrated by Garth Williams. Octavo. 131 pages.

    Custom full green morocco by Chelsea Bindery with gilt ruling and titles. All edges gilt. Original decorative endpapers maintained. Extremely faint rubber stamp on front free endpaper, below inscription. Pages are modestly toned with a few scattered spots of light foxing throughout. A 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 generations.

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


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