By: Burgess, Thornton W.

Price: $45.00 USD

Quantity: 1 available

Book Condition: Good

3 books - 7" H, pictorial front boards and spines (green for books 1 & 3, blue for book 2), green pictorial endpapers, each book has 4 b&w plates (including frontispieces). Number 1 & 3 have a notice about being produced under wartime conditions on title page and, with the paper of that era, are tanned. 1. Old Mother West Wind - 169 pp, no date but c1943 - "Old Mother West Wind lived in the Purple Hills. Each day she came down with her children, the Merry Little Breezes, who played in the Meadows all day long. These are the stories of their friends on the Meadow. We learn how the Breezes, always anxious to do a good deed, saved Mrs. Redwing's speckled egg and how they always helped Johnny Chuck escape Farmer Brown and his gun. We hear about Peter Rabbit's joke and Billy Mink's swimming party and Little Joe Otter's slippery slide. We learn, too, why Grandfather Frog has no tail and why Jimmy Skunk wears stripes." 16 stories in total. 2. Mother West Wind "When" Stories - 227 pp, no date - "In this volume Peter Rabbit learns all about the time when Mr. Bluebird became the herald of Mistress Spring and won his beautiful coat; when old Mr. Grouse was given his winter snowshoes; and of the time, long, long ago, when Mother Nature gave Hummer the Hummingbird his long bill because he couldn't reach the sweet juices in the hearts of the flowers with the short little bill she had given him to begin with." 16 stories in total. 3. Mother West Wind's Neighbors - 223 pp, no date but c1943 - "Johnny Chuck had to find a new home because of the wickedness of Blacky the Crow, and everybody was upset when somebody stole Mrs. Grouse's eggs. Then there was Ol' Mistah Buzzard who told wonderful stories about the sunny south, and Peter Rabbit who was so curious and friendly he knew everything that went on in the Green Meadows. And a great deal did go on and all of it makes reading that has endless delight." 15 stories in total. All books have a slight spine lean - a little more on book 2, light to moderate edge wear, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Books 1 & 3 have very light browning to endpapers, moderate to heavy browning to pages and edges of text block, one or two small corner bumps on boards. Book 3 has three very small areas of surface paper loss on rear pastedown. Dust jackets have either light or moderate edge wear wrinkling with some small edge chips/tears/creases, one is price-clipped, some light toning. Book 1 has fading to spine colour and heavy creasing/water stains at bottom of spine and less on front flap, some tiny light foxing marks. All dust jackets are now protected in a mylar sleeve.