New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1942. Lynd Ward (illustrations). First Edition (presumed), First Printing. Hardcover. Used - Good. Gray cloth covers with red lettering to spine and red lighthouse illustration on front board; some wear and discoloration. Dedication on pre-title page. Illustrated endpapers. Binding tight and square. Umarked with small brown stains on a few pages. Illustrated. 18 x 21.5 cm. Unpaginated. / No dust jacket. Item #9283
From our Instagram post on this title:
These beautiful illustrations come from what appears to be a 1942 first edition copy of the classic children’s book, The Little Red Lighthouse and The Great Gray Bridge, written by Hildegarde Swift and illustrated by Lynd Ward.
The lighthouse featured in the story is based on an actual lighthouse that still sits at the foot of the George Washington Bridge at the border between New York and New Jersey. The lighthouse almost didn’t make it though. After the GWB was built and its lights turned on the lighthouse no longer served a useful function and plans were made to decommission and remove it. But that was not meant to be as fans of Swift’s book protested the decision and pressured officials to keep it around. And so it remains to this day, overshadowed by the GWB but not outdone.
Lynd Ward, the book’s illustrator, is famous for his woodblock illustrations and wordless novels, and has been credited with spawning the idea of the graphic novel as a storytelling device.