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A BEAR CALLED PADDINGTON

A BEAR CALLED PADDINGTON

A BEAR CALLED PADDINGTON
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A BEAR CALLED PADDINGTON - 1958

by Bond, Michael

  • Used
  • Hardcover
  • Signed
  • first
Used - Near fine in very good plus jacket

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London: Collins, 1958. First edition. Near fine in very good plus jacket. Inscribed first printing of the first book about the bear who cheerfully notes, "things are always happening to me. I'm that sort of bear." In an interview with THE GUARDIAN, Bond described how his own experience during World War II of observing evacuee children at the train station shaped his little bear: "They all had a label round their neck with their name and address on and a little case or package containing all their treasured possessions. So Paddington, in a sense, was a refugee." The neighborhood surrounding Paddington station was indeed known for its thriving immigrant population, and the sprightly and earnest little bear learns to feel at home in London, where he and his friends can celebrate their differences alongside their similarities. The immigrant bear Paddington is now a British icon, with a bronze statue in Paddington Station and his own Royal Mail stamps. This book is quite scarce signed. 7.75'' x 5.25''. Original full red cloth, silver-lettered spine. In original unclipped (8s 6d) blue and white dust jacket. Illustrated by Peggy Fortnum. 128 pages. Inscribed by Bond in blue ink on half title: "With all best wishes. / Michael Bond." Dust jacket carefully and expertly restored around extremities, with some soiling to white panels (presents as near fine). Boards slightly bowed, interior clean.
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About this book

A lonely toy bear on an otherwise empty shop shelf on Christmas Eve in 1956 first captured the attention of Michael Bond. Enamored, the BBC employee brought the stuffed bear home to his wife. They named the bear Paddington after the station near their home in London, and thus inspired, Bond began to write a few cute stories about the bear's adventures starting with A Bear Called Paddington in October 1958. The friendly bear with his old hat, battered suitcase, duffel coat and love of marmalade—has become a classic character from British children's literature and has become popular with American audiences as well. Learn more in our book collecting guide article, "Michael Bond - The Man Behind Paddington Bear."

First Edition Identification

A Bear Called Paddington was first published in London by Collins in 1958 with a blue and white dust jacket. The first US edition was printed by Houghton Mifflin, Boston, in 1960, with a bright yellow dustwrapper with the title in various colors.  

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  • Title A BEAR CALLED PADDINGTON
  • Author Bond, Michael
  • Edition First edition
  • Condition Used - Near fine in very good plus jacket
  • Publisher Collins, London
  • Date 1958
  • Bookseller's Inventory # 39353

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