Sometimes I am the world’s worst book collector. I’ll start on a collection with singular dedication, and then, well, I get distracted and forget (hence my current renewed obsession with Redwall)or I start another project. Therefore, it is endless.
Little Golden Books are not something I ever started collecting seriously. There are too many. It’s a daunting project. I have a real love for them, the first book I finished on my own was a Golden Book, Pussy Willow as a matter of fact, and Carmel from Sweethearts Romance Books got me a first edition for Christmas. This sparked a very small collection of Golden books, I have about a dozen, and most of them are Donald Duck, a great friend of mine. I have a 1960’s Donald Duck in Disneyland GB handed down to me by my cousin with both our names in it in my possession, along with the rest of the Golden book titles I managed to collect.
Now my dear friend and obsessive-book-collecting-competitor, comic book Dave, told me there was a Golden Book he was after. And, a fellow Duck enthusiast, he told me it was a Donald Duck. I was instantly indignant that there was a Donald GB I didn’t have. It’s called Donald Duck and the Christmas Carol, and it’s illustrated by the famous Disney artist Carl Barks. It was a US edition and not printed here, which is why I hadn’t seen it. It seems to be the only Little Golden Book in demand by comic book collectors (strange creatures that they are) I found prices to be pretty high at the time. Now I purchased this one from the States for a reasonable price
“It’s a second edition. There’s no Christmas tree on the cover, it has the Christmas foil on the spine, it’s got 29c on the cover instead of 25c”
“Fine” I told him “I’ll keep it”
I found him a first edition which had been horribly abused a short time later, locally, which he quite happily accepted despite the condition. Then I put my second edition in the Golden book drawer in the bookcase and promptly forgot that I had it there.
We were having a discussion recently when he was in Melbourne visiting, and I asked him if he still had that copy, which he told me was bagged and boarded. Then Dave decided it would be nice to have a copy of the second edition he had previously pooh-poohed.
Fickle, isn’t he? So I decided to buy myself the first edition.
You can read more about the amazing Carl Barks, creator of the Disney Ducks, at The Carl Barks Fan Club.
Oh and Dave I’ll get you a second edition next.
Dave has just informed me that he has since found out the Christmas Spine version is not a second edition, but a variant released a year later. And he is holding me to finding him one now (of course)