New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1936. Octavo, original grey pictorial cloth stamped in blue, cartographic endpapers, original unclipped color pictorial dust jacket. Black and white illustrations throughout text. Early owner signature to front pastedown. Edgewear to jacket, spine toned, light pencil markings to rear panel.
First edition of this Depression-era children’s novel, in a vibrant dust jacket featuring the New York skyline, including the newly built Chrysler and Empire State buildings. When young Frankie is forced to spend her summer vacation in Manhattan, studying for a scholarship, she teams up with her cousin Forsythe and best friend Betty to explore the city unsupervised: “You could have a hundred and umpteen keys and you’d still only be beginning to open the doors to New York.” Of particular interest is the group's detour to Harlem, where they visit the Jamaican elevator operator in Frankie’s building, and their conversations with other immigrants across the city. A near-fine example of an intriguing period piece.