London: Jonathan Cape/Aurelia Enterprises Ltd, 1973. Alan Aldridge. First edition. Hardcover. Fairly scarce, collectible in this British edition, cean, tight 4to, unpaginated. The cover is somewhat abused with some small chips and scuffs to tips and spine ends. Spine ends have been neatly repaired. The interior, however, is lovely, crisp and unsullied. Plates are bright and undamaged. Very Good / None, as issued, Item #17595
A beautifully illustrated book that tells, in 28 gorgeous, whimsical, full-page, colorful plates and verses by William Plomer and nature notes on the plates by Richard Fitter, the stories of the woodland critters who are invited (and not invited) to the Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast. Harald the Herald is a gadfly and a trumpeter, Dandy Rat and the Footpads on horseback, Toad in a Bed with Doctor Vole, and the Butterfly Air Lift and the Weevils and Caterpillars Cricket Match are just a few of the twenty-eight characters who attend the ball.