(New York): Oxford University Press, (1939). Illustrated by Richard C. Jones. First edition. Small quarto, 10" x 7-1/4". Green cloth binding. Spine stamped in gold. Clean, tight, fine condition. / Dust jacket with price of $2.50 at bottom of front flap. Very good, crisp condition with a little edgewear and one 1/4" closed tear at top edge of back flap with resultant 2" crease. Item #138
Beautiful yellow endpapers illustrated in bright primary colors. Just about every page decorated or strikingly illustrated.
With charm and humour, W. Somerset Maugham has told this lovely tale of the ninth daughter of the king of Siam and her gifted nightingale who was an object of envy of all her sisters who nearly brought about its death by a rather mean trick. Richard Jones' distinguished drawings, touched with the same humour as the tale itself, will delight a wide audience of boys and girls though those between eight and twelve will perhaps enjoy them most.