London: Gerald Howe Ltd., 1934. First edition. A lovely copy of Travers' famous first book in the Mary Poppins series. Book Near Fine with a few small spots to the cloth and slight cocking to the spine. In a Near Fine dust jacket with one small chip at the top of the spine and a short crack at the base, otherwise bright, complete and unrepaired. With the scarce "Junior Book Club" wrap-around complete and in Near Fine condition, with just one small chip at the front fold. An exceptional copy overall of a book that is uncommon on the market.
The popular masterpiece of children’s literature. "Mary Poppins" follows the Banks family as they are visited by a seemingly stern but ultimately magical and kind nanny who subsequently takes them on a variety of incredible adventures. Travers originally wrote the book in a small cottage she rented outside of Sussex and modeled the story on "Peter Pan," as Travers had a strong affinity for J. M. Barrie. "Mary Poppins" was adapted into the famous 1964 musical film starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, which won five Academy Awards – including Best Actress – and was nominated for thirteen total. The Library of Congress later selected the film for preservation in 2013. “The “Mary Poppins” books are transfixing and original, trading sharp drawing-room comedy with fantastical adventures and carefully rendered scenes of servant life.” (The New Yorker) Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. (Item #1387)
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