Skip to content

The Giving Tree

The Giving Tree

Click for full-size.

The Giving Tree

by Shel Silverstein

  • Used
  • near fine
  • Hardcover
  • first
Near Fine/Very Good Indeed
Seller rating:
This seller has earned a 5 of 5 Stars rating from Biblio customers.
BATH, Somerset, United Kingdom
Item Price
$15.36 Shipping to USA
Standard delivery: 2 to 4 days

More Shipping Options

Payment Methods Accepted

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • Discover
  • PayPal

About This Item

New York, Evanston, and London: Harper & Row, 1964. First edition. Hardback. Near Fine/Very Good Indeed. 9" by 7". Shel Silverstein. A lovely first impression copy of Shel Silverstein's important and influential children's novel, illustrated by Silverstein throughout, in an early impression dust wrapper. The first edition, first impression of this work, with the four line colophon to the copyright page. The dust wrapper is not the first issue dust wrapper, with the price $2.95 and not $2.50. Thus the dust wrapper is an early issue, possibly the second.In the original clipped dust wrapper, however the price is not clipped.'The Giving Tree' is a classic American children's fantasy picture book, following the relationship of an apple tree and a young boy who grows into adulthood.Though it was popular when published, this work also garnered a lot of controversy, with people debating whether the relationship between the boy and tree is positive or abusive. There are many different interpretations of the work from the points of view of religion, the environment, mother-child relationships, and friendships.Written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein, complete with illustrations throughout. In the original publisher's paper covered boards, in the original clipped dust wrapper. Externally, smart, with a touch of discolouration to the extremities. A few very light marks to the boards. Dust wrapper is a little edge worn with a few small closed tears. A touch of sunning and light marks to the wraps. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are bright and clean. Prior owner's ink inscription to the half title. Near Fine


Written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein, The Giving Tree is a children’s picture book that tells the life stories of a female apple tree and a boy who are able to communicate with each other. In very few words with minimalist drawings, Silverstein’s popular parable explores not only the gift of giving, but also one’s capacity to love.   The Giving Tree received much recognition and praise, making lists such as “Top 100 Picture Books” by School Library Journal, “100 Greatest Books for Kids” by Parent & Child magazine, and “Best Children’s Books” by Goodreads as well as ranking 14th on the "All-Time Bestselling Children's Books” by Publishers Weekly. It has been translated into more than 30 languages.

Read More: Identifying first editions of The Giving Tree


(Log in or Create an Account first!)

You’re rating the book as a work, not the seller or the specific copy you purchased!


Rooke Books GB (GB)
Bookseller's Inventory #
The Giving Tree
Shel Silverstein
Shel Silverstein
Book Condition
Used - Near Fine
Jacket Condition
Very Good Indeed
Quantity Available
First edition
Harper & Row
Place of Publication
New York, Evanston, and London
Date Published
9" by 7"
The Giving Tree shel silverstein children's relationships shel silverstein

Terms of Sale

Rooke Books

Books are sent on approval and may be returned in like condition for any reason within 14 days of receipt. Responsibility of return to be with the purchaser.

About the Seller

Rooke Books

Seller rating:
This seller has earned a 5 of 5 Stars rating from Biblio customers.
Biblio member since 2007
BATH, Somerset

About Rooke Books

Welcome to Rooke Books Antiquarian Bookseller
We are a small team dedicated to bringing you very scarce books at reasonable prices. We specialise in rare and hard to come by works on all subjects over the last 500 years, together with modern first editions and decorative sets and bindings. Our library has something for every interest and specialism. We deliver worldwide using a fully tracked and insured courier delivery service.
Where are We?
Based in the literary city of Bath, our offices are housed in the Eastern Dispensary. Built in 1845, the building originally existed as a charitable institution providing medical care. The building now houses our collection of over twenty thousand books and has five full time members of staff.


Some terminology that may be used in this description includes:

The colophon contains information about a book's publisher, the typesetting, printer, and possibly even includes a printer's...
First Edition
In book collecting, the first edition is the earliest published form of a book. A book may have more than one first edition in...
Copyright page
The page in a book that describes the lineage of that book, typically including the book's author, publisher, date of...
Half Title
The blank front page which appears just prior to the title page, and typically contains only the title of the book, although, at...
A book in fine condition exhibits no flaws. A fine condition book closely approaches As New condition, but may lack the...

Frequently asked questions

This Book’s Categories