New York: National Art Company, 1935, 1st; full colour paper boards with Blackie bear sitting in his armchair and chatting with a jay, red spine; on reverse of cover, Dummer with red pattern of red lines and characters from the story, one gathering sewn, 5.6x8.25"; Letter laid in. Toploader medium hardback story.
A piece of history. Laid in this book of animal tales is an envelope from the Belvedere Hotel in Baltimore addressed to Mr. William Johnston Andrews/ Raleigh NC. (which apparently was delivered). Inside, a letter from the author, dated 30 March '35, is on printed hotel writing paper which has a picture of the three hotels in the Consolvo chain, a motto in green: "Blackie Bear's Homes When He Travels" and a Blackie Bear by D. Sam Cox logo at the bottom. Good marketing! The letter is in response to a person learning to read at night school ("That's what the new deal did for you!" ) who admired Blackie. It apparently accompanied this book as a present. SIGNED with Letter.
CONDITION: Very Good; straight, tight, clean, a bit of rubbing on the spine ends and a bump to the top corner that extends to all pages. The envelope and letter are in excellent condition. Item #19745