Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1989. First edition. First printing. A Fine presentation copy in a Near Fine dust jacket. Publisher's blue cloth over boards, front cover with vignette in black, spine lettered in black yellow endpapers. Collating , 190 pages. Vignette title-page, extensively illustrated throughout in black & white with Disney characters including Snow White and Seven Dwarfs, Monstro, Pinocchio, Dumbo, Brer Rabbit, Gus, Jacques, Lucifer, Alice, Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, 101 Dalmations, Cruella De Ville, Sleeping Beauty, Mowgli, Bagheera, Baloo along w/many pages showing Walt Disney. On the verso of the front endleaf is an original pen & ink drawing of Dumbo inscribed "To Charlie Roberts / With best wishes / Bill Peet / Oct. 16, 1989."
William Bartlett "Bill" Peet (January 29, 1915 – May 11, 2002) was an American children's book illustrator and a story writer and animator for Walt Disney Animation Studios. Bill Peet joined Disney in 1937 and worked first on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) near the end of its production. From 1939 through 1940 he worked on Pinocchio and spent eighteen months working on Dumbo (1941). Progressively, his involvement in the Disney studio's animated feature films and shorts increased with Cinderella (1950), Alice in Wonderland (1951) and Peter Pan (1953). Bill Peet remained there until early in the development of The Jungle Book (1967). A row with Walt Disney over the direction of the project led to a permanent personal break. (Item #3688)