New York, Young Scott Books, (1970).
First edition, first printing. 8vo. 248,(4),pp. Beige textured paper boards, printed in
dark brown on the spine with with a lizard vignette on the upper board. A superb
copy in the (so far as we can determine only) reinforced binding. The dustwrapper is
in fine condition, with only the barest sunning on the spine and along the top of the
rear panel and a tiny closed chip along the top; it is not priceclipped.
Inscribed by the author to Lois Mamer,
"with deep appreciation". Laid in is a note
with three pages in Fredericksen's handwriting to Mamer acknowledging a note that
this book helped a student of Mamer named Norbert to learn to read. Fredericksen
continues that she is delighted that after the months of research and writing, her
book helped at least one boy. Also laid in is the note about Norbert, composed in a
childish script by Brenda Ramon to Mamer in which she says, inter alia, that she
helps "Norbert read his book you gave him..."
Mary Lois Mamer was a schoolteacher who died in Tubac, Arizona, at age 98 in 2010.
She also traveled around the world twice and recorded her memories of
these trips in
Light Airs and Ripple.
takes place on what was then the Papago Reservation in
southern Arizona, the story of Pablo Red Deer, who had to learn the
white man's language and magic to help his tribe. A wonderful read.
Copies are scarce, but practically nonexistent in fine/fine condition. This
is Fredericksen's first work of fiction.
London, Jonathan Cape Ltd, 2002.
First edition, first printing. Folio. Pictorial boards and endpapers. Illustrated throughout in
color. A fine copy. Issued without dustwrapper.
Signed by the author/illustrator on the title page.