The Adventures of Mickey Mouse. London: George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd., 1931, very slightly skewed, dust-jacket with tears and adhesive tape repairs to reverse, slight loss to upper cover of dust-jacket;
both small 4to (190 x 135mm.), FIRST EDITIONS, coloured illustrations by the Walt Disney studio, original boards with green board spines, coloured pictorial endpapers, DUST-JACKETS, collector's chemise and blue morocco-backed slipcase (2)
"This story is about Mickey Mouse, who lives in a cozy nest under the floor of the old barn..."
On 18 November 1928, in New York, Steamboat Willie was released to huge acclaim. Not only was this the first appearance of Mickey Mouse, but it was also the first cartoon film to have a fully synchronized soundtrack. It had been only a year earlier that the first sound film, The Jazz Singer, had been released. In 1929 the Mickey Mouse Club was founded, which by 1931 had one million members. On January 13 1930 the first comic strip devoted to Mickey Mouse appeared and later in that same year the first Mickey Mouse book was published. There appear to be a number of issues of the first American edition, including an issue bound in cloth-backed boards. Blue and red cloth spines have been seen. The board binding, as here, is scarcer.
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