A Visit To William Blake's Inn (Newbery Award/Caldecott Honor)

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A Visit To William Blake's Inn (Newbery Award/Caldecott Honor)

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Willard, Nancy. (Illus. by Alice and Martin Provensen). NY: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, (1981). 8vo. First edition. Cloth-backed boards. Dust jacket.

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It's not often that the same book is honored by both the Newbery and Caldecott committees, but Nancy Willard's A Visit to William Blake's Inn (subtitled Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers) was awarded both the Newbery Medal and a Caldecott Honor in 1982. In a series of poems inspired by the work of the 18th century British poet and beautifully illustrated by Alice and Martin Provensen, Willard imagines the goings-on at an inn run by William Blake himself. An interesting bibliographic point: this is one of the very few (I'm unaware of any others, but I'm hedging my bets) books in which a first edition is identified by the words "First edition" followed by a letter series (BCDE) missing the letter A. The second printing simply eliminated the "First edition" designation. In Fine condition in a like dust jacket.