AIKEN, Joan (author). Jan PIENKOWSKI (illustrator). A Necklace of Raindrops. London; Jonathan Cape. 1968.
8vo. Original turquoise blue linson boards pictorially blocked in silhouette and lettered in black, silhouette endpapers, preserved in pictorial dustwrapper; pp. [viii], 8-107; delightfully illustrated with crisp silhouettes throughout and 8 bright full colour plates; a lovely clean copy, without inscription, protected by a very attractive, unclipped dustwrapper (21s.) with rubbing to corners and bruising, with shallow wear, to head of spine.
First edition. An original, and enchanting, series of fairy tales by Joan Aiken including stories of a necklace of raindrops that keeps its owner dry in the heaviest of rain-storms; a huge floating apple-pie with a piece of the sky baked into it, and a baker's cat who expands to the size of a whale when his mistress feeds him yeast. This is Pienkowski's first book and begins a collaboration with Joan Aiken which matured in 1972 with The Kingdom Under The Sea, which won the Kate Greenaway medal. He won this prize again in 1980 with his innovative pop-up book The Haunted House.