New York: Alfred Knopf, 2000. Leo & Diane Dillon. First edition. Hardcover. SIGNED. [31pp] Small quarto [23.5 cm by 23.5 cm]. Illustrated boards in a pictorial dust jacket. With a long, but very faint scratch on the rear cover. In a dust jacket, with minor edge wear, and subtle yellowing to the inside flaps. There is a tiny nick in the surface of the front panel, near the head of the spine. Very good + / very good +. Item #49311
Signed by the author and both illustrators on the title page. The famed fantasy and science fiction writer's only children's story, first issued in 1955. A new edition of this charming tale, lavishly illustrated by the famed husband and wife team of Leo and Diane Dillon. Sixteen full page full color illustrations by the Dillons, plus a title page illustration and stunning endsheets. Signed and dated by Ray Bradbury on the title page..."Ray/Bradbury/4/28/01" and additionally signed and dated by both illustrators, also on the title page..."Diane Dillon/Leo Dillon 3/17/01". The author wrote and published this fable over fifty years ago, while his wife was pregnant with their first child, and while he was a relatively unknown young writer, not yet having published Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man and all the rest.