Book ID: 28798 The Donkey Inside. LUDWIG BEMELMANS.
The Donkey Inside.
The Donkey Inside.

Bemelmans' Charming Travel Narrative Centered on Quito

The Donkey Inside.

Place and Imprint: New York: The Viking Press, 1941.
Edition: First edition, limited issue, number 4 of 175 numbered copies.
Condition: A little worn and soiled; small stain on the fore-edge; very good copy in the original, but worn and defective, slipcase (lacking the top panel).
Book ID: 28798

Physical Description

8vo, original red and yellow cloth, gilt lettering. Title-page vignette, pictorial endpapers and four double-page color plates. Original watercolor by Bemelmans tipped in before the title-page.


A delightful travel book, illustrated by the author’s watercolors, including his iconic depiction of the Plaza Independencia in Quito, one of the great plazas in South America. Bemelmans wrote that "The Donkey Inside is the notebook or sketch-pad of several voyages through South America. In a sense it is a portrait of that continent, from Chile to the Panama Canal, but it is focused on Ecuador, because there I found, in stronger outline than anywhere else, the things peculiar to South America." The watercolor in this copy is appropriately a depiction of a donkey.


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