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The Borrowers by Mary Norton - First Edition First Issue - 1952 - from Everlasting Editions and

The Borrowers

by Mary Norton

Condition: Near Fine/Near Fine

Published by J. M. Dent & Sons, London; 1952. 8vo. This lovely first edition of the children's classic by Mary Norton, and the first book in the Borrowers series, is in Near Fine condition. It is tightly bound in it's original light blue cloth boards, with brown detailing and title to the front board and spine. There is some minor bumping to the spine ends and corners, and some mild sunning to the edges and spine. There is a small dent halfway down right hand side of the front board, although this seems to be a part of the board rather than damage to it as it can not be felt from the inside. Apart from these small points, the boards are clean and tidy. Inside, there is a neat ownership inscription to the front free endpaper and a contemporary gift inscription to the frontispiece rector. These are the only markings to the pages, which are clean bright and free from damage, showing just the slightest hint of toning. In all, this book is in excellent condition.The unclipped dust jacket is also in Near Fine condition, clean and bright, with just some slight chipping to the edges, corners and spine ends with some slight loss to the top. There is some minor rubbing to the panels, but otherwise the jacket remains in lovely condition, beautifully illustrated by Diana Stanley. In all, this is a very collectible copy of this children's first edition of a classic tale that has provided enjoyment for generations. This would be the perfect addition to any book collection, as it is sure to continue entertaining children for many more generation to come and therefore will surely grow in value.
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The Borrowers is a children's fantasy novel by Mary Norton about tiny people who "borrow" things from normal humans and keep their existence unknown. The central characters are the Clock family: father Pod, mother Homily and their spirited thirteen year-old daughter, Arrietty. Published in 1952, it won the Carnegie Medal for that year, and was selected in 2007 by judges of the CILIP Carnegie Medal for children's literature as one of the ten most important children's novels of the past 70 years.

  • Bookseller: Everlasting Editions GB (GB)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 359
  • Title: The Borrowers
  • Author: Mary Norton
  • Illustrator: Diana Stanley
  • Book condition: Used - Near Fine
  • Jacket condition: Near Fine
  • Quantity available: 1
  • Edition: First Edition First Issue
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: J. M. Dent & Sons
  • Place: London
  • Date published: 1952
  • Keywords: Mary, Norton, Borrowers, afloat, afield, house, diana, stanley, children, first, edition, illustrated, attic, adventure, small
  • Bookseller catalogs: Children's and Illustrated; Modern First Editions;


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