John Ciardi Collection
Manuscript Collection 372

SUBGROUP I: Books
Series 3: Books of Children's Poetry

THE REASON FOR THE PELICAN. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott, 1959. Illustrated by Madeleine Gekiere. Second printing. Signed.

THE REASON FOR THE PELICAN. Third printing. Signed.

THE REASON FOR THE PELICAN. Fifth printing. Signed.

THE REASON FOR THE PELICAN. Eighth printing. Gift from Judith Ciardi or Myra.

SCRAPPY THE PUP. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott, 1960. Illustrated by Jane Miller. First edition, signed. Scarce.

SCRAPPY THE PUP. First edition. Gift from Judith Ciardi.

I MET A MAN. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1961. Illustrated by Bob Osborn. First edition (?), signed and inscribed:
For Santy-
not just now, but for
fun later, I hope-
John Ciardi
Chautauqua' 64

I MET A MAN. Library edition (printed on front panel of d/j). Signed.

I MET A MAN. Later printing. Gift from Judith Ciardi or Myra.

THE MAN WHO SANG THE SILLIES. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott,1961. Illustrated by Edward Gorey. Signed first edition. Laid in: a verse letter of congratulations from David McCord.

THE MAN WHO SANG THE SILLIES. First edition. Gift from Judith Ciardi or Myra.

THE MAN WHO SANG THE SILLIES. Paperback. Appears to be first paperback publication, 1961.

THE MAN WHO SANG THE SILLIES. 8th printing.

THE WISH TREE. First edition, signed and inscribed.
For Kathryn Graybill-
With a wish for all wish trees to bloom-
John Ciardi

THE WISH TREE. Third copy.

YOU READ TO ME, I'LL READ TO YOU. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott, 1962. Illustrated by Edward Gorey. Laid in: a photocopy of letter sent by Ciardi to his editor at Lippincott, Eunice Blake, which –accompanied the submission
of his manuscript.

YOU READ TO ME, I'LL READ TO YOU. First edition in dust jacket. Signed by Ciardi. Inscribed "for Florence Shankman-with all good wishes John Ciardi"

YOU READ TO ME, I'LL READ TO YOU. 11th printing. Gift from Judith Ciardi or Myra.

YOU READ TO ME, I'LL READ TO YOU. 12th printing. Gift of Judith Ciardi or Myra.

YOU READ TO ME, I'LL READ TO YOU. New York: Harper Trophy, A Division of Harper Collins. First Harper Trophy edition, 1987. Paperback.

JOHN J. PLENTY AND FIDDLER DAN: A NEW FABLE OF THE GRASSHOPPER AND THE ANT. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott,1963. Illustrated by Madeleine Gekiere. Signed first edition.

JOHN J. PLENTY AND FIDDLER DAN: A NEW FABLE OF THE GRASSHOPPER AND THE ANT. Hardcover. First Edition.
Signed:
For Edith Warner Johnson
With a fiddle full of summer fun
fiddler Dan, fun bread loaf, I hope…
John Ciardi

McCALLS. First publication of the Fable. May 1963, pp. 100-01.

JOHN J. PLENTY AND FIDDLER DAN. First edition.

YOU KNOW WHO. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott, 1964. Illustrated by Edward Gorey. First edition, signed.
Inscription:
for Connie-
because she is a great lady
and remembers where the
smile of childhood is,
from the Monsters, from
Mommy, and from Daddy Ciardi
ever fondly-
John

YOU KNOW WHO. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott, 1964. Illustrated by Edward Gorey. First edition, signed by Gorey.

YOU KNOW WHO. 6th printing. Gift of Judith Ciardi or Myra.

YOU KNOW WHO. Honesdale, PA: Wordsong/Boyds Mills Press,1991. First edition. Gift from Wordsong.

THE KING WHO SAVED HIMSELF FROM BEING SAVED. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott, 1966.
Very rare first edition signed and inscribed to Stuart Wright:
for Stuart Wright
as every good man is his own salvation
John Ciardi

THE KING WHO SAVED HIMSELF FROM BEING SAVED. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott,1966. First edition. Inscribed and signed by Ciardi:
For Sylvia [Bowman? Of Twayne Publishers]-
Hi! And merry everything-
John Ciardi

THE KING WHO SAVED HIMSELF FROM BEING SAVED. First edition.Gift from Judith Ciardi

THE MONSTER DEN OR LOOK WHATHAPPENED AT MY HOUSE AND TO IT. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott, 1966. Illustrated by Edward Gorey. First edition signed.

THE MONSTER DEN. Second copy. First edition.Gift from Judith Ciardi.

THE MONSTER DEN OR LOOK WHAT HAPPENED AT MY HOUSE AND TO IT. Honesdale, PA: Wordsong/Boyds Mills Press, 1991. Illustrated by Edward Gorey. First edition. Gift from Wordsong

THE MONSTER DEN. First edition.

SOMEONE COULD WINA POLAR BEAR. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott, 1970. Rare first edition, signed and inscribed:
for Stuart-
with an outright grant of
all my polar bears, past,
present, and to come.
John (Klondike) Ciardi

SOMEONE COULD WIN A POLAR BEAR. First edition. Gift from Judith Ciardi or Myra.

SOMEONE COULD WINA POLAR BEAR. Second printing. Gift from Judith Ciardi or Myra

SOMEONE COULD WIN A POLAR BEAR. Honesdale, PA: Wordsong/Boydsmill Press, 1993. Illustrated by Edward Gorey. With a Special Word from Paula Danziger. First edition. Gift from Wordsong

FAST & SLOW: POEMS FOR ADVANCED CHILDREN AND BEGINNING PARENTS. Boston: Houghton Mifllin, 1975. Illustrated by Becky Gaver. First edition, signed and inscribed on title page:
For Stuart Wright
to wish him good caws
from a slow old crow
John Ciardi

FAST & SLOW. First edition.

FAST & SLOW. Second printing. Signed and inscribed by dedicatee, Constance Carraway.

FAST & SLOW. Paperback.

DOODLE SOUP. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1985. Illustrated by Merle Nacht. Rare signed and inscribed first edition:
for Little Arthur-
with doodles of happy recollections
-John (Ciardi)

DOODLE SOUP. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1985. Illustrated by Merle Nacht. Signed first edition. Gift inscription
by owner surrounds Ciardi autograph.
For Mark, the fourth book
dedicated to me, and signed by
the author,
John Ciardi [signature]
with sincere affection, and
every good wish always.
Constance Caraway
(Mrs. Graves Blanchard Erskine)
Christmas, 1985

DOODLE SOUP. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1985. Illustrated by Merle Nacht. Signed first edition. Gift inscription
by owner surrounds Ciardi autograph.
For Colonel Alan [Senglar?],
the fourth book dedicated to me,
and signed by the author,
John Ciardi [signature}
with sincere appreciation,
and every good wish always.
Constance Caraway
(Mrs. Graves Blanchard Erskine)
Christmas, 1985

DOODLE SOUP. First edition.

THE HOPEFUL TROUT AND OTHER LIMERICKS. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1989. Illustrated by Susan Meddaugh. Posthumously published. First edition and first copy of book. Laid in: Letter from H M editor Matilda Welter to Judith: "Here is the very first copy of THE HOPEFUL TROUT. . . ." Gift from Judith Ciardi.

THE HOPEFUL TROUT AND OTHER LIMERICKS. Paperback. No first paperback publication given, but this copy is the 7th printing.

BLABBERHEAD, BOBBLE-BUD & SPADE: SELECTED POEMS OF JOHN CIARDI. Gift from Judith Ciardi or Myra.

MUMMY TOOK COOKING LESSONS AND OTHER POEMS. Foreword by Miller Williams. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1990. Illustrated by Merle Nacht. Posthumously published. First edition. Gift from Judith Ciardi or Myra.