Alberic the Wise, Norton Juster, SIGNED, 1965, Near Fine with Very Good DJ

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Alberic the Wise and Other Journeys
Norton Juster and Domenico Gnoli (Illustrator)
Pantheon Books
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Used: Very Good
Sku: 00253
Notes: Near Fine book in a Very Good dust jacket, SIGNED, 4to, 11 1/4" x 8." Maroon cloth-covered boards in a yellow dust jacket with black-and-white illustration on front panel. Gilt lettering to book spine. Black and blue lettering on dust jacket spine. Covers have slight fading along the bottom edge, tiny white marks on front and back, and slight corner and edge wear at the bottom, else pristine and intact, binding tight, sharp tips at top. Dust jacket protected by a paper-backed Brodart sleeve, not price-clipped. Dust jacket very clean but has slight wear at the corners and head and tail of spine, a couple chips along top edge (the largest measuring about 1/4" x 1") and a few tiny puncture marks on back. Pages pristine and intact. Signed by the author on front free endpaper: "For the Sherry [?] Children - Norton Juster." Includes beautiful, detailed illustrations by Domenico Gnoli. 68 pp., including black-and-white illustrations. Excerpt from the preface: "Each of these tales of wonder is a quest, and what is found is far different and far more strange than what is sought. The first is the story of Alberic and his endless search for wisdom. ... The second, _She Cries No More_, is the story of a boy who has no illusions and a sad princess who has no kingdom. ... The last, _Two Kings_, is the story of the richest monarch in the world, and the poorest." Norton Juster (1929-2021) was an American author, professor, and architect. Juster taught architecture and environmental design at Hampshire College from 1970-1992. As a writer, he received critical acclaim for his children's literature including famous titles such as _The Phantom Tollbooth_ (1961) and _The Dot and the Line_ (1963). Domenico Gnoli (1933-1970) was an Italian painter and stage designer. Gnoli frequented New York City, where he worked for major magazines such as _Sports Illustrated_ and _Fortune_.