New York: Julian Messner, 1936. Illustrated by the Author. FIRST EDITION (NAP). Hardcover. Quarto.10 1/2 in. x 8 1/4 in. Green cloth-covered boards, with large paste-on ("The Sleepy Cat") of an adorable, snoozing kitten, (she was called "America's Sleepheart"), and black lettering to spine. Light rubbing to extremities and shelfwear to edges. Bright pictorial endpapers which depict a long passenger train coming down the tracks, the dining room porter holding the kitten, the kitten sleeping, running, and being terrified by a turkey, and in the arms of a little boy.
Lovely three-color illustrations by author throughout. Edgewear and light chipping to dustjacket. Small label attached to rear dustjacket flap which says: "From the Books of J.W. Robinson Col. Seventh & Grand, Los Angeles. Good Plus in Good Plus Dustjacket. Item #86862
The story of Chessie, the most famous kitten in the world. Tells the tale of how the kitten got on the train without a ticket because she was lonesome, and the strange, amusing and delightful things that happened to her there..." (front flap dustjacket).