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The 21 Balloons

The 21 Balloons

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The 21 Balloons

by William Pene du Bois

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New York: The Viking Press, 1947. Patterned Boards. Very Good +/Very Good +. William Pene du Bois. A handsome copy of the 1947 true 1st edition of this Newberry Award winner. Solid and VG+ (former owner bookplate at the front pastedown, very light foxing along the preliminaries and pastedowns) in a crisp, price-intact ($2.50), VG+ dustjacklet, with light spotting to the front panel and, inconspicuously, at the inside of the dustjacket. Wonderful Pene du Bois illustrations throughout complementing his own text. (Bader, pg. 178).


The Twenty-One Balloons is a novel by William Pène du Bois, published in 1947 and awarded the Newbery Medal for excellence in American children's literature in 1948. The story is about a retired schoolteacher whose ill-fated balloon trip leads him to discover an island full of great wealth and fantastic inventions. The events and ideas are based both on scientific fact and imagination, and the descriptions are accompanied by illustrations by du Bois.


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The 21 Balloons
William Pene du Bois
William Pene du Bois
Patterned Boards
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The Viking Press
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New York
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rare children's books, rare Newberry Award winners, rare Willam Pene du Bois
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