JUSTER, Norton (author). Jules FEIFFER (illustrator). The Phantom Tollbooth. London; Collins. 1962.
8vo. Original navy blue linson boards, lettered in silver to spine, pictorial map endpapers, preserved in pictorial dustwrapper; pp. [viii] + 255; illustrated throughout in line with half-, full-, and double-pages drawings; externally and internally fine and unmarked bar a small adhesion to final text leaf, without inscription, protected by an equally fine, unclipped dustwrapper (15s) with only a little light dusting to lower panel; increasingly scarce in this condition.
First UK edition, first printing. Published by Epstein & Carroll, New York, the previous year. This modern children's classic has been described by the prominent book critic Naomi Lewis as 'the finest modern book in the Carroll line'. It shares something in common with Alice in that it describes a child's search for truth in an adult world. Frustrated by the systems in schools Juster was inspired to write this story of a young boy, Milo, who is left cold by traditional teaching. When a magic tollbooth turns up at his home, wrapped in purple, he drives through it in his toy car to discover a fascinating world beyond, full of unexpected people and places who help him reconnect with his love of learning.