scarce children's classic
WILLIAMS, Ursula Moray (author). Joyce L. BRISLEY (illustrator). The Adventures of the Little Wooden Horse. London; George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd. 1938.
Large square 8vo. Original mint green cloth with single-line panel in black to upper cover, lettered in black to spine, in pictorial dustwrapper; pp. [vi], 7-203 + [iii] + , publisher's advert.; with full colour frontispiece, pictorial device to title and 47 charming line illustrations (many full-page); both externally and internally fine and near pristine with the unavoidable offset toning to free endpapers and a tiny nick to fore-edge of 2 leaves, with a short associated crease, protected by an uncommonly clean and fresh, unclipped dustwrapper (5/-) with barely any of the expected dusting; some nicking and a few short and unobtrusive closed tears to top edge (longest 3cm), with some archival tissue strengthening to the reverse; a couple of nicks to tail and corners, and a corner crease to lower flap; very scarce, remarkably so in such a clean jacket, which seldom survives in any condition.
First edition of this acknowledged and well-loved children's classic, in the correct dustwrapper listing Milly-Molly-Mandy books to The Twins and their Ponies (1936) to lower flap and titles up to More for Brownies (1934) to lower panel. This book, which along with Moray Williams' Gobbolino, the Witch's Cat is among the best-loved English children's books of the first half of the twentieth century, remained in print throughout the author's lifetime. It concerns a toy maker, Uncle Peder, who builds a little wooden horse which becomes such a companion that he cannot bring himself to sell it. When Peder falls in and becomes vulnerable the horse takes off on a wild series of adventures seeking to make a fortune, to save his owner.