New York: Montgomery Ward & Co., 1939. Denver Gillen. First Edition, First Printing. Original wraps. 7 3/8 X 10 1/4 Inches. Very Good. Item #2129
TRUE First Edition, First Printing copy of the Christmas classic with all issue points! Original illustrated red paper wraps. Original staple binding. THESE FIRST PRINTINGS WERE GIVEN OUT AT MONTGOMERY WARD STORES DURING CHRISTMAS OF 1939. They were produced as cheap and free giveaways and are notoriously difficult to find in nice condition. Contains the all-important illustration of the "3-Prop" airplane. Later issues, even from the first year, all contain the illustration of the plane with 4-props.
All pages intact. Slight wear at spine and corners. Mild damp-staining to cover and corner of several pages. Mild toning throughout. Hint of chipping around the staples, but binding is holding nicely. It sounds worse than appears.