First English edition. Inscribed presentation copy with original drawings. Original light brown cloth with gilt titles to the spine, in dustwrapper. A lovely near fine copy, the binding square and firm with with light bumping at the spine tips. The contents are clean throughout and without previous owner's inscriptions or stamps. Complete with the bright, very lightly rubbed and nicked dustwrapper which remains without loss or tears. Correctly priced £1.35 and stated "first printing" to the lower front flap. An exceptional example, beautifully embellished by the hand of it's author.
Inscribed by the author in black ink on the front endpaper "For / Christine Clark / Tove Jansson", with original drawings of Fillyjonk and Toft, surrounded by birds and leaves (blowing across the endpaper and front pastedown). The ninth and final novel in the Moomin series. Provenance: Inscribed and presented to Christine Clark by Tove Jansson at Ernest Benn's 1971 "Moominvalley in November" publication party.
Stock code: 17761
London: Ernest Benn.