Little Machinery - Mary Liddell - 1926 First Edition - Modernist Children's Book - SOLD

LIDDELL, Mary. Little Machinery.

Garden City: Doubleday Page & Co, 1926. Quarto (9.24" x 8.125"). First Edition. Red illustrated paper covered boards with black cloth spine.

Covers smudged, with a fair amount of bumping/chipping to corners and rubbing along edges. Boards split down front joint and separated at spine, but back board is still holding. Christmas gift inscription from publication year on front free endpaper, and previous owner's name on back free endpaper. Title page has a one inch horizontal tear near top at gutter. Very light foxing and a few border smudges to one or two pages, but most are clean with vibrant colors. Text block is loose but binding is holding, and should continue to do so with care. 

An wonderfully strange, imaginative, and colorful children's book featuring a boy made of machine parts who lives in the woods by the railroad tracks. Modernist and constructivism-inspired, it's sort of what would happen if a more angular Thomas the Tank Engine and Fritz Lang's Metropolis inhabited the same universe.