The Kingdom and the Cave by Joan Aiken [FIRST EDITION]
US FIRST EDITION  DOUBLEDAY & COMPANY
Hardcover with dust jacket. Ex-library. Dust jacket is in very good shape with some discoloration along spine and minimal wear. Book has tape ghosting marks to cloth cover. Small spot stain to secondary title page [see last photo]
*This ex-library copy has been custom refurbished. All library materials have been removed and flyleaf pages have been fixed to inside covers for a much cleaner presentation. Tiny handwritten code on title page.
Joan Aiken's first published children's novel, written originally when she was 17.
Mickle, the Palace cat finds a mysterious message telling of a threat to the Kingdom of Astalon by the Under People. Prince Michael is helped by Mickle and his other animal friends Minerva the horse, Prince Nicodemus the water rat and many more, to rescue the King and Queen from danger when he learns the Universal Animal Language and joins his friends in battles and magic ceremonies to defeat the enemy.