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A Bear Called Paddington. by  Michael; Illustrated by Peggy Fortnum Bond - Signed First Edition - 1958 - from Raptis Rare Books (SKU: 128753)

A Bear Called Paddington.

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A Bear Called Paddington.

by Bond, Michael; Illustrated by Peggy Fortnum

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London: Collins, 1958. First edition of the first book in the Paddington series. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated by Peggy Fortnum. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, "To John with all good wishes Michael Bond. Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket with a chip to the back panel. An exceptional example, rare and desirable signed and inscribed. "Paddington's appeal came not only from the hilarious situations and mishaps in which he found himself... but also from Peggy Fortnum's pen-and-ink sketches, which capture Paddington's bewitching charm and combination 'little boy/small bear' character... Bond's books recognize the everyday worries of small, accident-prone children and treat their fears with compassion, wit and laughter" (Silvey, 70-71).

Synopsis

A lonely toy bear on an otherwise empty shop shelf on Christmas Eve in 1956 first captured the attention of Michael Bond. Enamored, the BBC employee brought the stuffed bear home to his wife. They named the bear Paddington after the station near their home in London, and thus inspired, Bond began to write a few cute stories about the bear's adventures starting with A Bear Called Paddington in October 1958. The friendly bear with his old hat, battered suitcase, duffel coat and love of marmalade—has become a classic character from British children's literature and has become popular with American audiences as well. Learn more in our book collecting guide article, " Michael Bond - The Man Behind Paddington Bear. "

Read more: Identifying first editions of A Bear Called Paddington.

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book dealer
Raptis Rare Books US (US)
Bookseller’s Inventory #
128753
Title
A Bear Called Paddington.
Author
Bond, Michael; Illustrated by Peggy Fortnum
Book condition
second hand
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Collins
Place of Publication
London
Date Published
1958
Keywords
Michael Bond First Edition, Paddington Bear First Edition
Bookseller catalogs
Children's Books;

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About Raptis Rare Books

Founded by Matthew and Adrienne Raptis, Raptis Rare Books is an antiquarian book firm that specializes in literature, children's books, economics, photo books, signed and inscribed books, and landmark books in all fields. Our business model is simple: we strive to handle books that are in exceptional condition and to provide exceptional customer service. We are proud members of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA) and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) and exhibit at major book fairs in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston, as well as other regional fairs.

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fine
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inscribed
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octavo
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jacket
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Cloth
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First Edition
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