Seattle: The Book Club of Washington, 2015. One of 75 deluxe copies in cloth with hand-stenciled, hand-colored illustrations by Jennifer Kennard, signed and numbered by Kennard on the colophon. 25 deluxe copies in sheets were also produced for binding by independent bookmakers, plus 250 regular copies in paper wrappers. With eight text illustrations hand-stenciled and hand-colored by Jennifer Kennard. Also with a hand-colored border and title-page vignette by Kennard. A fine copy. Blue Japanese book cloth with white printed labels on cover and spine. White endpapers printed in grayish-blue with silhouettes of a man and woman, plus a patterned background. Octavo. xii, , 29 pp. Item #16805
“Their Families” was the first published work by the memoirist and children’s book author Betty Bard MacDonald (1907-1958). The short story first appeared in The Town Crier, a weekly arts and culture magazine operating in Seattle, in 1933. MacDonald went on to publish the humorous memoir The Egg and I (1945) about her early life in Seattle, then several other memoirs and the bestselling Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle series of short story collections for children. “Their Families” is reprinted here for the first time, with a foreword by Paula Becker, author of Looking for Betty MacDonald: The Egg, the Plague, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, and I (University of Washington Press, 2016).