New York: Viking Press, (1975). Single volume, measuring 8.5 x 10 inches: . Original full blue cloth, bird design stamped in blind to upper board, spine lettered in white, original unclipped color pictorial dust jacket, blue endpapers. Illustrated on every page in violet and indigo. Occasional light smudge to jacket.
First edition of this lavishly illustrated interpretation of the Inuit origin myth. When Sedna, the sea spirit, stops providing food for the Inuit people, the Angakok, a man of magic, must intercede on their behalf. He hears the story of Sedna’s original metamorphosis -- “I saw my fingers become shiny seals, fat walruses, and great whales” – and learns to show her respect. Painter McDermott was drawn to Sedna as a “potent female symbol who controls the forces of nature.” Her saturated illustrations clearly take inspiration from the forms of Inuit sculpture. McDermott would go on to receive a Caldecott Honor for her 1977 illustrations for The Golem: A Jewish Legend. A beautiful, near-fine copy.