1940 'The Magic Tunnel', RARE First Edition, Mystery, Time Travel, New York Subway, 'Raymond Lufkin' Art, New Amsterdam, Dutch, Colonial History, Battery Park, First Printing, OUT-of-PRINT - image 1 of 9

Imagine suddenly finding yourself living three hundred years ago! Sarah and John take a subway ride to Battery Park to see the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. They somehow enter a MAGIC TUNNEL and find themselves in the year 1664 - in old New Amsterdam!!

COLLECTOR’S 1940 rare true first edition, first printing out-of-print hardcover children’s chapter book – The Magic Tunnel by Caroline Dwight Emerson. Magnificent full page color plates by renowned artist Raymond Lufkin. Chapter book. Illustrations MINT!

Publisher: Fredrick A Stokes Company, New York. Copyright: 1940, Fredrick A Stokes Company, true first edition, first printing. NOT later 1964 reprint by Four Winds Press. New York. No isbn. Not ex-library. Mini windmills on endpapers. Photos do not fully capture exact color hues; wait until you see. WOW!!

PLOT: Sarah and John, brother and sister start out their exciting adventure on the New York subway, and wake up in Dutch New York. How odd it is to be living in colonial times! They are rescued by an Indian Scout, and then live as members of a Dutch family. The young adventurers are living in the midst of history. They meet Governor Peter Stuyvesant. They are on a Dutch ship under attack by the British, and see the English take New Amsterdam from the Dutch. But all the while Sarah and John wonder -- will they ever find the magic that leads back home?

The historical details are great fun (such as when the boy asks for a fork at dinner only to find, to his embarrassment, that even the governor doesn't own one), comparing colonial and modern ways of life. Lufkin's stunning illustrations really make the history come alive!

Raymond Lufkin: Born in Salem, Mass., 1899 - 1978. Illustrator of prolific achievement active in the United States from the early to mid-twentieth century, illustrating over fifty books and hundreds of advertisements. Lufkins' accomplishments also include several mural commissions for businesses in New York (lived in New York's Lower East Side) Veteran of World War I, worked as a camouflage artist during the war. Also did many illustrations in Grolier’s Book of Knowledge.

Hardcover, blue cloth cover, vibrant orange illustrations and titles, 120pp, 8" x 6". Binding tight. Quality cardstock pages. Illustrations MINT. Excellent vintage condition. Pages near fine/bright/clean/no writing or tears/very minimal shelfwear to pages-ffep general wear/small spot pp ends. Cover very good+/very good/bright/clean/shelfwear includes mostly front discoloration-spine fade.

This extraordinary time travel story mixes adventure, mystery, history and magic; it will captivate and entertain the whole family. This hard-to-find collector's gem is priced to sell; will make a FABULOUS gift for yourself or someone special in your life!!


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1940 'The Magic Tunnel', RARE First Edition, Mystery, Time Travel, New York Subway, 'Raymond Lufkin' Art, New Amsterdam, Dutch, Colonial History, Battery Park, First Printing, OUT-of-PRINT

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