Friday, July 1, 2011

Little Golden Book - Mad Hatter's Tea Party

I'm finally getting around to posting the series on the last of the Little Golden Books - the Mad Hatter's Tea Party.
Based on what we saw in the Golden Catalog in this post, we know that this title was not only published after the other two, but announced after the other two.  As such, it comes as no surprise (at least to me) that there are so few foreign editions of this book as we'll see in the coming days.  Similarly to the Live Flowers book, there was only one printing of this title - at least in this country.  To date I have not been able to locate or even confirm the existence of a Goldencraft edition of this title. 

The art is a little different in this title too.  According to the title page this book was adapted by Richard Kelsey and Don Griffith, and I don't think the art has the charm of the Dempster art in the White Rabbit title.


Major Pepperidge said...

I always loved the "half a cup of tea" gag!

The drawing on the cover is nice, but the painting isn't quite as bold and assured as the older titles.

Matt said...

Indeed, I much prefer Al Dempster.

carpenter61 said...

i have a copy of mad hatter's tea party. 1951 simon and schuster. is this a rare book

Matt said...

@carpenter61 - not an especially rare book, although doubtless the more scarce of the three. Its real rarity is in condition. For every 500 copies that are thrashed you might only get one that is mint. Only mint copies have any real value.

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