2 Signed Laura Ingalls Wilder "Little House" Books
The first two titles in The Little House on the Prairie series, both signed by author Laura Ingalls Wilder (American, 1867-1957). (1) "Little House in the Big Woods", copyright 1932, missing dust jacket. (2) "Farmer Boy", copyright 1933, dust jacket present with damage. Both half title pages signed, "Laura Ingalls Wilder", in good condition. Provenance: consignor's grandmother and Laura Ingalls Wilder became personal friends after their families moved within 8 miles of each other in the Mansfield/Norwood Missouri area in the late 1890s. The consignor's grandmother purchased the entire set of eight Wilder books and had Laura Ingalls Wilder sign each of the books during an afternoon tea visit during October 1951. The consignor was born in October of 1951 and his grandparents presented their grandson with the entire set of signed books as a gift Christmas of 1951. An inscription at the front of each signed book reads, 'To Robert Stephan from Gram + Gramp Ellis Christmas 1951'. 8-1/2" x 7" x 3/4" each.
1st item: Some fraying on book cover edges. Three water stains on front cover. 2nd item: Most of front of dust jacket present with chips. A few abrasions and minor grime on cover.