Field, Rachel, HITTY, HER FIRST HUNDRED YEARS. New York, The Macmillan Company, 1930. [xii], 1-207 pages, 8.5” x 7”. 14 full page illustrations, 3 in color and the rest in black and white and numerous in text illustrations by Dorothy P. Lathrop. Decorative paper covered boards. A very good copy with a little soiling on the front cover, slight foxing on the end papers and a previous owner’s bookplate. First edition, 3rd printing. Signed in pencil by the author “Best wishes from Rachel Field 1930’.
The story the adventures of a doll from her creation to her life in an antique store a hundred years later. The book won the 1930 Newberry Award for Children’s literature. The author went on to be a successful in both the children literature field and in writing adult novels – at least 3 of which were made into Hollywood movies in the 1940s. She also wrote lyrics used in the Disney film Fantasia.
This book was a Border-line selection for Jacob Blanck’s American children literature high spot list – Peter Parley to Penrod.