A Bear Called Paddington - Michael Bond, Peggy Fortnum (illustrator) 1958 - Collins, London - First Edition PLEASE LOOK AFTER THIS BEAR, THANK YOU.

A bright, brilliant first edition of the first appearance of Paddington Bear, uncommon in such lovely condition.

Michael Bond’s delightful tale of the polite, marmalade-sandwich eating, immigrant bear, with his hat, suitcase and duffle coat. Wonderfully illustrated throughout with Peggy Fortnum’s charming black and white drawings.

Housed in custom clamshell case of fine blue morocco leather over matching cloth, velvet lined, and lettered in gilt to the spine.
  After his first appearance in 1958, Paddington Bear would go on to become one of England’s most beloved children’s characters.

Good mannered, and well meaning, Paddington has a somewhat endless capacity to get into trouble, but despite this, always tries ‘so hard to get things right’.

Provenance: from the library of ‘Michael’, with his name signed in ink and dated ‘Easter 1959’, to front endpaper.

8vo. pp. 128. Publisher’s red cloth, silver lettering to spine, in blue, white, and black pictorial dust jacket with black and white illustration of Paddington.
  Condition: Near fine, a hint of offsetting to endpapers, in very good price-clipped dust jacket, 0.5 cm closed tear to upper front panel, short nicks to upper corners, and minor wear to spine ends.   Ref: 107653   Price: HK$ 32,000