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Betty MacDonald catalogue

updated 1st July 2018


Betty MacDonald

sprang to fame as the author of The Egg and I, an autobiography about the her and her husband's efforts to raise chickens in the wilds of Oregon. It was published in 1945 and became an instant huge bestseller, translated into 20 languages.

Loosely based on her life on a Chimacum Valley chicken farm, it introduced the characters Ma and Pa Kettle, who also were featured in the movie version of The Egg and I and were so popular a series of nine more films were made featuring them.
In the film of The Egg and I, made in 1947, Betty MacDonald was played by Claudette Colbert.

She published four more autobiographical books but is now more widely known for her children's books, written to amuse her own children and appealing to a wide audience.



MAC106 / MAC101


published 1947 (3rd imp.) by Hammond Hammond London
a hardback book with dust jacket, both in good condition, an inscription dated 1947 on the fep and dots of foxing also on following 2 pages, back few pages and closed page edges, tight binding, clean blue board covers. The clipped dust jacket in removable library plastic has edgewear along the bottom, chipping at the top and a 5cm x 5cm chunk missing from the back.

The funniest book ever about chicken farming - which Betty entered into light-heartedly because her husband wanted to do it. It turned out to be hard work but she always saw the humour.

MAC101 1947 hb with dj AU$30 (2 copies)
MAC106 1956 Penguin pb, tanned pages AU$6



published 1955 (1st ed.) by Hammond Hammond London

a hardback book with dust jacket both in very good condition, not ex-library. There is a name on the fep, clean cream pages, tight binding and clean red board covers. The clipped dust jacket in removable library plastic has no marks.

Betty MacDonald made us laugh in The Egg and I. Here she is older and wiser and funnier, with a new husband, and living on an island in a lake near Seattle.

MAC104 1st ed. hb with dj AU$15



Hammond, Hammond & Co. London 1953 (1st British edition) hardback with no dust jacket, not ex-library, in good condition. There is a name inside the front cover, a patch of browning on both endpapers, clean cream pages, tight binding and clean redboard covers. It comes with a faux dust jacket made by me from one of the illustrations.

My absolute favourite from age 10: Nancy and Plum are two enchanting heroines, funny and brave as they face their appalling life in Mrs Monday's orphange where her niece Marybelle gets everything they don't - even their Christmas present dolls. Love the bit where Plum puts a goldfish bowl with goldfish over Marybelle's head! The charm lies in that in the nicest possible way everyone gets their just desserts. B&w drawings.

MAC022 AU$30

MAC108 / MAC033


paperback book in NEW condition, not ex-library. There are no names, clean cream pages, tight binding, a black line on top closed page edges and unmarked covers. This is a revised edition for today's modern child; published 2007 by HarperTrophy, b&w illustrations by Alexandra Boiger. MAC033 pb AU$8

paperback book in good condition, book-exchange stamp on first page; published 1978 by Dent Dolphins, b&w illustrations by Hilary Knight. MAC108 pb AU$6

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle has charmed children since 1947. Mrs Piggle-Wiggle lives in an upside-down house with a kitchen full of freshly baked cookies. She was even married to a pirate once! Best of all, she knows everything there is to know about children.