WILLIAMS, Ursula Moray (author and illustrator). The Pettabomination. London; Denis Archer. 1933.
Tall 8vo. Original bluish-green cloth gilt, preserved in cream pictorial dustwrapper printed in colours, edges untrimmed; pp. [viii] + 77 + [iii]; with a profusion of line drawings by the author to the margins throughout; a pleasing copy with the apparently unavoidable mottled discoloration to boards due to the unstable nature of the dye used, internally fine and clean; protected by a pleasing example of the scarce dustwrapper with some overall dusting, marginal spotting and browning, and fraying to top edge with thumbnail loss to head of spine.
First edition. A series of fairy tales about a royal family forced to relocate to the suburbs with its domestic pet, or Pettabomination (a baby dragon) in tow. A very early work by this well-loved author, being only her fourth book. The remarkable Ursula Moray Williams (1911-2006) wrote over seventy books during her long and illustrious career and achieved the status of being the longest-published author of books for children of her generation. Her Adventures of the Little Wooden Horse (1939) was in print throughout her lifetime and Gobbolino, The Witch's Cat (1942) has become a classic which is genuinely rare in first edition.