New York: Viking Press, 1947. Pene du Bois, William. 1st. Hardcover. First edition. 8vo. 180pp. Black & white illustrations by William Pene du Bois. Quarter red cloth spine over patterned paper boards; original color illustrated dust jacket. Previously owned by the children of Ansel Adams, with their names, Michael and Anne to ffep. Book in near fine condition (minor wear to extremities); dust jacket in very good condition (wear to extremities; chips at spine ends; agetoning; waterstain to spine end). Item #16114
Awarded the Newbery Medal for excellence in American children's literature in 1948. The story is about a retired schoolteacher whose ill-fated balloon trip leads him to discover an island full of great wealth and fantastic inventions. The events and ideas are based both on scientific fact and imagination, and the descriptions are accompanied by illustrations by du Bois.