Ox-Cart Man


Author: Donald Hall

Illustrator: Barbara Cooney


HALL, Donald. Ox-Cart Man. Pictures by Barbara Cooney. NY: The Viking Press [1979]. Oblong 4to, [40]pp. Beige quarter cloth stamped in black with light green boards pictorially stamped in black. Color illustrations throughout. Boards foxed, cloth lightly so, spine ends a tad rubbed, else an internally clean, bright copy in original color pictorial dust jacket (some light edge wear, 1” closed tear at bottom of front panel, ¾” closed tear at top of rear panel, price-clipped). With a bookplate signed by the artist, two-time Caldecott Medalist Barbara Cooney, laid in.

First edition. 1980 Caldecott Medal Winner! A charming look by this U.S. Poet Laureate at the changing seasons in the life of one rural farmer and his family in 19th century New England. Using a technique which emulates the early American technique of painting on wood, Cooney’s endearing illustrations manage to capture both the quiet peace of her rural scenes and the bustle of the 19th century marketplace.