ARDIZZONE, Edward (illustrator). Wm. J. LEDERER (author). Timothy's Song. London, Lutterworth Press. 1966.
8vo. Original light blue linson boards, titled in silver to spine and upper cover, preserved in pictorial dustwrapper; pp. [vi], 7-39; illustrated throughout by Edward Ardizzone; a very good copy indeed, both externally and internally, protected by an uncommonly clean example of the price-clipped dustwrapper with minimal external dusting and a light vertical crease adjacent to upper joint; an elusive title.
First edition. A heart-rending Christmas story of disability and rejection. The young hunchbacked newspaper vendor, Timothy, who lives life on the streets, is rejected by his peers when he tries to join the local church choir and emits the rasping voice of a bullfrog. When he sickens and dies he is welcomed into the heavenly choir by angels and blessed with the voice he always dreamed of.