Hard Cover. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1952. First Edition. Very Good / Dust Jacket Included.
Illustrated by Garth Williams. First edition, first printing with publisher's code "I-B" on the copyright page. Publisher's tan cloth, lettered in illustrative spiderweb style in blue and black, blue and white pictorial endpapers with illustration of a spiderweb; in the original pictorial dust jacket with Williams's illustration of Fern and Wilbur looking at Charlotte to front panel. A fine copy in an unclipped jacket with wear and chipping to the corners, spine toned with rubbing and some loss at the ends. Charlotte's Web tells the story of a pig named Wilbur and how the farmer's daughter Fern and his spider friend Charlotte endeavor to save Wilbur from slaughter. Just as White's Stuart Little, the story of a mouse in a big city, which appealed to urban American children, Charlotte's Web was geared towards rural children who grew up living on a farm. The text is illustrated with forty-seven black and white drawings by Garth Williams, who also illustrated Stuart Little. In both, the artist's crosshatching illustrations portrayed a jovial subject matter beloved by children with a level of detail that simultaneously garnered adult admirers. White drew his inspiration for Charlotte's Web from his own experience tending to a sick pig, which he outlined in a 1947 essay for the Atlantic Monthly.