New York and London: Harper & Brothers, circa 1952. Single volume, measuring 7.25 x 5 inches: 32. Original red pictorial cloth stamped in yellow, original unclipped yellow pictorial dustjacket printed in black and red. Illustrations printed in black and red throughout text. Offsetting from binder’s glue at endpapers, light toning and occasional smudge to jacket.
Early printing of the first book in Esther Averill’s Jenny Linsky series. First published in 1944, The Cat Club introduces the orphan cat Jenny in her bright red scarf, recently adopted by Captain Tinker in Greenwich Village. The story of how Jenny overcomes her anxiety to befriend the neighborhood cats explores one of the common experiences of childhood: “‘Shy little cats need help,’ thought Captain Tinker.” Still in print today, Averill’s Cat Club stories are little marvels of observation, true New York classics. First issue jacket price of $1.50, with six Jenny Linsky titles listed on the rear panel. A near-fine copy of a book usually found read to pieces.