Octavo, original beige cloth with cover ornament and title printed in red;  pp., 2-color red & blue illustrations throughout. A fine copy, entirely clean and unworn in complete but moderately worn pictorial dustjacket with some chipping at spine ends, closed tear at bottom of front panel, toning to white portion of front panel Ruth Krauss' rare first book and the only juvenile illustrated by abstract expressionist artist Ad Reinhardt. Published the year after she married cartoonist and children's book author Crockett Johnson. Krauss enjoyed a long career in collaboration with illustrators including her husband (beginning with Carrot Seed in 1945); Marc Simont; and especially, Maurice Sendak, whose career took off following the success of "A Hole is to Dig" in 1952. Krauss and Sendak together produced 8 successful children's books. OCLC/Worldcat locates only 6 copies of this 1944 first edition. "A Good Man and His Good Wife" was reissued in 1962 with illustrations by Marc Simont. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: A GOOD MAN AND HIS GOOD WIFE.
Publisher: Harper & Brothers
Publication Date: 1944
Book Condition: Fine
Edition: First edition.
Book Description Harper & Bros., 1944. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. NY, 1944, 1st, (first state w/ three-color DW and sans-serif title on jacket matching titles on jacket flap.) Harper Bros. Decorated Cloth, 6¼" x 8 3/4" , 32 pages, DW ($1.50). This folk style story of an old married couple was Krauss' first book, written while she was studying at Columbia and The Bank Street School. It reveals a genius for understanding how children think and feel. The images by Reinhardt, who later became prominent as an artist, superbly define the ridiculous story, but represent his only book for children. Very rare. Not ex library, no internal marks, clean and tight. Seller Inventory # 57452