Edition: First thus.
Garden City, NY: Doubleday, (1954) dj. SIGNED hardcover - The first book by these Caldecott winning artists for very young children; it introduces them to animals from the tropics to Arctic regions in simple language. Originally published in 1940 in an accordion format, this is the first printing of the 1954 edition in a traditional book format. Illustrated with their lovely lithographs in both full color and black and white. SIGNED on the half title page with the words "Greetings from Ingri and Edgar Parin D'Aulaire." Large format (8 1/4 by 11 inches), unpaginated. Illustrated endpapers. Original price of $2.00 on dj flap.
Condition: Near fine in illustrated boards in a good dust jacket (inconspicuous inscription on front endpaper, long tape-repaired diagonal tear on the back cover extending onto the lower corner of the front cover, Despite this tear, the dust jacket is quite bright and attractive.)