THE WIND ON THE MOON. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1944. Octavo, pp. [1-8] 1-323 [324: blank], illustrations by Nicolas Bentley, original green cloth, spine panel stamped in white. First U.S. edition. A classic children's fantasy novel. Written at the height of World War II, this tale of hilarity and magical adventures is also a work of high seriousness --- after all, "life without freedom," as the valiant golden puma makes clear, "is a poor, poor thing." "Eric Linklater’s delightful fantasy belongs in that section of the bookshelf alongside ALICE IN WONDERLAND, THE JUNGLE BOOK, and THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS because it shares the same quality of believable magic" (Saturday Review). Winner of the Library Association's Carnegie Medal for the year's best children's book. Reginald 09086. Not in Bleiler (1948; 1978). A fine copy in good dust jacket (priced $2.75 on the front flap) with wear at spine ends and corner tips, several closed tears with internal tape mends, and dust soiling to rear panel. (#168413).
First printing so stated on copyright page.