Hard Cover. London: Gerald Howe, 1934. First Edition. Very Good / Dust Jacket Included.
Illustrated by Mary Shepard. First edition, first printing. Publisher's yellow cloth with an illustration of Mary Poppins to the front board in blue, lettered in blue, pictorial endpapers illustration with Shepard's image of Mary Poppins and the Banks family; in the original gray pictorial dust jacket. A near fine copy with very slight offsetting to the pastedowns; in the extremely scarce and fragile dust jacket with some chipping at the corners and spine ends; tape professionally removed from folds with repairs to verso, some partial restoration to the spine. Overall, a very attractive copy of this exceedingly scarce book in the elusive dust jacket. Mary Poppins is the first book in Traver's eight volume children series featuring the magical English nanny Mary Poppins. The text introduces the Banks family, consisting of two parents, a son, a daughter, and two twin infants. When their nanny quits, Mary Poppins is blown in to their home at 17 Cherry Lane in London by a strong East Wind. Although their new caretaker is stern and often irritable, the Banks children soon realize Mary Poppins' magical qualities, and the group embarks on a series of fantastical adventures, including traveling to a star in the Pleiades, among others. The story ends with Poppins, satisfied with her effect on the Banks children, departs via the West Wind. In 1964, Mary Poppins was adapted into a film of the same name, produced by Walt Disney and starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke.