KÄSTNER, Erich (author and illustrator). Emil And The Detectives. London; Jonathan Cape. 1939.
8vo. Original lemon cloth decorated and lettered in black to spine and upper board, in pictorial dustwrapper; pp. [iv], 5-222; with 1 coloured plate and the original black and white illustrations throughout by Kastner; a very fresh copy, internally clean with some unavoidable toning to the stock, protected by a lightly dusted, unclipped dustwrapper (2s 6d) with some small edge-chipping and old silver fish damage to lower flap fold.
Early (cheaper) edition; first published in 1931. A children's classic, translated from the original German, which is very scarce in first printing. With the original introduction by Walter de la Mare.