The 13 Clocks

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Author: James Thurber

Illustrator: Marc Simont

THURBER, James. The 13 Clocks. Illustrated by Mark [sic] Simont. NY: Simon and Schuster [1950]. 8vo, 124pp. Red quarter-cloth stamped in black with blue boards stamped in navy. Color pictorial endpapers; 12 full-page and numerous smaller color illustrations. Upper and lower edges lightly rubbed, edges of boards slightly faded, slightly cocked, fore-edge a tad soiled, else an internally clean, tight copy in original color pictorial dust jacket (general wear around edges and folds with 1½” scratch to lower front panel, some light soiling and sunning).

First edition, having the illustrator’s first name spelled incorrectly on the title page. The hands of all thirteen clocks stand still in the gloomy castle on a lonely hill where a wicked Duke lives with his niece, the beautiful Princess Saralinda. The Duke fancies he has frozen time, for he is afraid that one day a Prince may come and win away the hand of the Princess — the only warm hand in the castle. To thwart that fate, he sets impossible tasks for Saralinda’s suitors. But when the bold Prince Zorn of Zorna arrives, disguised as a wandering minstrel, and helped by the enigmatic Golux, the cold Duke may at last have met his match. Thurber at his wittiest, creative best.