First edition, first printing of the first appearance in print of Pippi Longstocking. Inscribed by the author. Publisher's pictorial paper covered boards, grey cloth spine with titles in black. Illustrated with full page line drawings by Ingrid Nyman. A good or better copy, the binding worn at the corners and toned or faded to the panels. The spine tips with some rubbing and minor fraying. The contents with the unavoidable toning of the poor quality paper used in production are otherwise clean throughout. There is a professional tissue repair to strengthen the inner rear gutter. Housed in a bespoke cloth solander case. Very scarce in inscribed state.
Inscribed by the author in blue ink on the front endpaper "Pippi Långstrump / gratulerar den / lycklige pris- / tagaren / gm / Astrid Lindgren" [Pippi Longstocking congratulates the lucky prize winner through Astrid Lindgren]. A wonderfully inscribed first edition of the first book in the eponymous series of children's books by the Swedish author Astrid Lindgren. Subsequently translated into 100 languages and the basis of numerous film, television and radio adaptations. In 2002 the Norwegian Nobel Institute listed the novel as one of the "Top 100 Works of World Literature", based on polling one hundred authors from 54 countries.
Stock code: 20240