MACDONALD,GEORGE. AT THE BACK OF THE NORTH WIND. NY: George Routledge & Sons 1871. 8vo (5 1/4 x 7 1/8"), blue cloth stamped in gold and black, all edges gilt, 378p., chip at head of spine, binding lightly rubbed with slight lean and corner bump, really a nice bright VG+ copy. 1st American edition, printed from British sheets with the same dates on both title pages, this is one of a few copies sent to the U.S. to secure copyright. The story was serialized beginning in 1868 in a children's magazine Good Words For The Young. It is a fantasy adventure about a young boy named Diamond who flies to another country on the back of the lady North Wind. Illustrated by ARTHUR HUGHES with many detailed line illustrations throughout the text. Considered a masterpiece of children's literature, this first edition is quite scarce.