[BROWN,MARGARET WISE]. THE MAN IN THE MANHOLE AND THE FIX-IT MEN by Juniper Sage. NY: William R. Scott 1946. 4to (8 x 9 3/4"), pictorial boards, corners worn and slight chipping to spine paper, overall VG. 1st edition of this rare Brown book using her pseudonym of Juniper Sage, written with Edith Hurd. One of Scott's creative education books, this shows what "fix-it men" do underneath the streets and in the air. Marvelously illustrated by Bill Ballantine in color, this copy is also INSCRIBED BY BALLANTINE! Apart from being an illustrator, Ballantine's fascination with the circus led him to becoming a professional clown along with Emmett Kelley for Ringling Brother's Barnum and Bailey Circus. See Bader p.391 who calls this "a lark with a firm superstructure in fact." Rare.