New York: The Viking Press, 1949. Single volume, measuring 9.25 x 6.25 inches: 62. Original ivory linen spine, morocco spine label lettered in gilt, pictorial rose paper boards stamped in blind, rose endpapers, original unclipped pictorial dust jacket. Vignette of Pegasus to jacket, front board, and title page, designed by Shrimati Carlile. Lightest edgewear to jacket, rear panel lightly smudged.
First American edition of English novelist Rumer Godden’s verse fable about the power of art, describing how the solitary Pegasus destabilizes the paired order of Noah’s ark, and captivates Noah’s “everyman” son Ham with his imagination: “You will read, you will tread, you will float, you will soar where I go and I am; / it is your country too.” A bright, near-fine copy.