First edition. Oblong 4to; unpaged; illustrated by the author. Light damp stain to bottom edges; wear to extremities; stain to gutter at pastedowns; owner's presentation. Binding tight. Not a very good copy but with a signed drawing of a horse by Paul Brown to half-title page.
Brown, Paul. Very Good. No Jacket. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Not exlib. True 1st Ed with Scribner's letter A on copyright page. Illust green background boards with green cloth spine. No names, corner wear on boards with rubbing and age-toning at extremities, text clean, no marks, coloring dog eared pgs. Hinges tight, 6 closed lower page edge tears measuring 1/2 in to 1in. No loss, not taped. Book now in clear mylar wrap and displays well. Landscape format book is 8 3/4 in tall by 11 1/4 in long by about one inch thick. Unpaginated text. 78 pp. Born to a coal mining pony and sold at a horse fair when he was a weanling to some gypsies. Over the years Patchwork was sold or traded many times. At last, after he had walked over most of England, he fell into the kind hands of the gypsy king. The king had a traveling troupe of trained bears, dogs, goats, pigs and ponies. He taught Patchwork many tricks so he could earn his keep and amuse the crowds at the race courses where the gypsies gave most of their shows. On day, at a great race meeting, an American saw the pony and decided that Patchwork was the perfect pony for his son Piper Perkins, and Mr. Perkins can use him in his own circus act, so he bought the shaggy pony from the gypsy king and shipped him across the ocean. His trip across the pond was an adventure in itself, upon landing he was so happy to find himself once more on dry land he bucked and kicked for joy. Mr. Perkins led Patchwork to his car. The pony was so small that he could easily stand in the back part of the automobile. It was fine to ride in this way, a lot faster and not so much work as tramping over the countryside behind a wagon. After a long ride, they came to Three Ring Farm where he met his new stablemates, Oscar the donkey and Crazy Quilt the circus pony rubbed noses with the newcomer and the dogs, Mick a Scottish Deerhound and Mac a Scottish Terrier barked a welcome. Patchwork's exploits with young Piper Perkins include fox hunting, pulling children on a frozen pond, circus acts, tricks and so much more. This title is one of Paul Brown's most sought books and is loaded with his fabulous b/w line art throughout. Our books are cleaned and dust wrappers placed in new mylar whenever possible. Offered from a five star, full-time, professional bookseller and proud member of the Virginia Antiquarian Booksellers Association. Your satisfaction is our #1 priority.
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