New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1999. Oblong quarto, original color pictorial paper boards, blue and yellow pictorial endpapers, original clipped color pictorial dust jacket. Color illustrations on every page. Faint toning to edges of jacket.
First edition of Maira Kalman’s kaleidoscopic tribute to Grand Central Station as a hub of commerce and romance. She celebrates the workers on the trains and in the station, and surveys the half-million travelers who pass through Vanderbilt Hall each day: “you can’t ever know what in the world will happen which is exactly why you are going.” Kalman includes a helpful list of things you will see in Grand Central (someone waiting patiently, a very on time clock) and things you won’t see (Einstein sailing, the pyramids of Giza). A near-fine example of a surprisingly scarce first edition, with whimsical endpapers inspired by the station's starry ceiling.