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New York: Sam'l Gabriel Sons & Company, Chimney Corner Series, (1916); originally published in The Evening Sun, NY; white boards of thin card and red paper spine with Towser and his Scottie friend playing on front board and Towser with blue bow on the back, four plates on one-sided white coated paper: 8.5x10.5; 31 pp.
Towser wrote this book about his eventful two weeks in the country, day by day.
CONDITION: Very Good Plus; no names, tight, a little rubbing at spine ends and along spine creases, spine is wrinkled from bindery; boards are very clean, straight and bright, pages darkening, plates nice, all interior crisp and clean#19006
Whitman, (1936) probably 1st printing, none of "large picture book style" titles listed on back flap are post 1936; paper boards with kitten and puppy children being read aloud to by parents, on dark blue background with orange spine, in jacket identical to boards, folio.
Cosy pictures of Pussy Cats and Puppy Dogs and their parents that will remind you of puzzles and sandpails from long ago summers. A treasure in this condition.
CONDITION: Very Good in Very Good jacket; gift inscription under flap; a nice copy with 3" along bottom board edges rubbed through; in jacket with some rubbing and cracks in navy blue background and soil along edgeworn top but no tears or chips on this very large book. "Too large for flat rate. Additional postage required for priority or international."#10438
New York: Robert M. McBride & Company, 1929, 1st, stated First Published August 1929; illustrated paper boards over red cloth spine, featuring white china dog (Staffordshire) sitting on magenta cushion, with yellow curtain and magenta spotted wallpaper behind him, teal shadows, black and grey titles, plain bottom board and endpapers, several full page and in text illustrations with these colors and primary green, blue, or red added; 9.3x12.3"
How a little Staffordshire dog finds his true master and home, with plays along the way from the toyshop to the home of the charwoman's son. Large flat pictures in beautiful colours.
CONDITION: Good Minus; traces of small erased name and bookplate removal on ffep, soiled boards very worn all around to card, spot and pull tear on back, interior clean and bright, without marks or wrinkles, except for one loose plate, neatly reinserted but missing half inch off the bottom. MEDIA MAIL OUT STANDARD RATE, CONTACT US FOR PRIORITY, LARGE BOOK.#19420
Philadelphia: John C. Winston, stated 1st; grey cloth boards with wolf, in jacket with painting of Jack and his dog, and list of Silver Chief books on back; 8vo; 181 pp.
Kata's mother was a purebred German Shepard and his father one of the largest Canadian timber wolves ever seen. Kata gradually began to trust Jack's family and to help around their small farm. But as he grew older he had to chose between the wild and Jack's friendship.
CONDITION: Good in Fair jacket; name, bookplate removal traces free front endpaper, scotch tape stains on endpapers; in tattered, clipped jacket.#11238
Clifton Bingham./Berkeley, Stanley and Eugenie Richards, illustrator.
London: Dean's Rag Book Co., #47, patented in U. S. A. March 7, 1905; deep red cloth covers with Toby sitting on a stool for his little Mistress, 22 pages of doubled cloth including covers; large 9"x11" size.
An autobiography in poetic form of a very curious dog, with a different Chapter on every page following him through his happy life. All pages are illustrated with large drawings in red, blue, yellow, green, and brown in a quality similar to a hardcover book, rather than a cloth book. Toby seems to be a smooth fox terrier, and in one of his adventures, wins first prize in a dog show.
CONDITION: Very Good; fabric darkening espec. on covers, edges quite darkened, a few spots here and there but generally not stained or foxed, no writing, edges very lightly frayed, first pages lightly wrinkled, corners and spine flat, sizing present, not washed; interior colour bright. Jpgs show either less wrinkling to the front than the actual book or more; reality is somewhere in between.#17524
New York: Viking Kestrel, 1989, 1st, nl; green cloth boards with painting of Paddy, a large Irish Terrier, holding a little purse, on the back he drops a coin in the organ grinder monkey's hat, turquoise endpapers, in jacket identical to boards; 8.25x10.25"; np.
Paddy's mistress gives him a little green purse with his share of the take from his work as an entertainer. The story follows him around town as he uses his money to buy food and flowers and go to a matinee. (Lassie with Elizabeth Taylor) An almost wordless fantasy with full page paintings.
CONDITION: Good Plus in Good Plus jacket, no names, lean, pages tight, slight rubs to extrems; in jacket with 4" creased tear on back, much wear to spine ends, rubs on flap folds; unclipped 13.95.#20912
Fitzpatrick, Percy./E. Caldwell and A. J. Butler, illustrators.
Harmondsworth, UK: Kestrel Books, reprint of 1976 edition of 1907 book; brown boards, map endpapers, painting of jJock; 9x7"; 276 pp including Glossary and section on animals, Notes on the Abridgement.
A classic 1907 tale of a bull terrier who shares his master's life in the veld.
CONDITION: Very Good with Very Good jacket; crossed out name on endpaper and gift inscription on half title, rubs to extrems, light soil bottom edge, in jacket with rubbed top edge and corners, one inch tear; unclipped 6.50 pounds.#20383
New York: Coward-McCann, 1966/1964, 1st printing American; yellow cloth boards with blue, yellow, and green full illustration of Brim and his animal friends sailing down the canal; in jacket identical to boards; 8vo; 128 pp.
"In a valley deserted by human beings, Brim, the terrier finds an old half-built barge." Though it takes persistence and the support of his friends to build and sail the barge, Brim holds on to his dream. A fine story which should be better known.
CONDITION: Fine in Very Good Plus jacket; no names, appears unread, As New; in jacket with 1/8" closed tear, a few tiny rubs to extrems; unclipped 2.86.#21457
Hinkle, Thomas C./Luis M. Henderson, jacket illustration.
New York: William Morrow and Company, 1948, 1st printing, sd; grey cloth boards with green figure of Wolf; in dark green jacket with white titles and grey painting of Wolf standing in a field; 8vo; 192 pp.
Wolf was the largest of his litter, a huge Irish wolfhound who learned early to hunt on his native Western rangeland. As a young dog, he went from a kind master and loving mother to a brutal trapper. Then with Dan Loman's help, he slowly learned to trust humans again. Hinkle writes a great dog story! Hard to find one in nice condition.
CONDITION: Very Good Plus in Very Good jacket; owner name, straight, tight clean, slight bump on one corner, paper toned; in jacket with small chips and rubs to all extremities, unclipped 2.00.#21592
NY: Sterling Publishing Co, Inc. no date, ; grey cloth with stamped figure, 8.8x12", in jacket with large photo of boy on front and back and red, white, and blue stripes; ca 40 pp.
A delightful fantasy in photographs by Maurois' son, about a young boy who wishes to be a dog and gets his wish. He becomes a handsome Irish Setter and goes around with the family dog, a Cocker Spaniel. A picture of French daily life in the 50's.
CONDITION: Very Good with Good Plus jacket; a little bumped on extremities, in jacket with 1x2" chip on front bottom and 3.5" wrinkled tear at top, another half inch chip, rubbed at creases; unclipped 2.75.#13903
Neilson, Frances Fullerton and Winthrop./Hans Kreis, illustrator.
New York: E. P. Dutton & Co. 1947, stated 1st; green cloth, beautiful brown endpapers with white sketches of Dusty, many drawings in text; in aqua jacket with orange titles and orange band at bottom and large sepia picture of Dusty, 8vo; 219 pp.
How Dusty comes to the rescue of the kind family who has adopted her. Based on the authors' own golden whippet "with the grace of a deer and the speed of the flying wind."
CONDITION: Very Good in Good jacket; no names or other marks, tight and clean pages, foxed top edge and some light spots on binding in jacket with considerable edgewear, including 1" chip near spine bottom; unclipped 2.50.#19595
No-Sitch is a strange-looking oversized pup with a voice like a cow, about two-feet-six in his bare feet, about three cats long. He is Bert's constant companion, even on a heapin'jitterish expedition to the old mill at night. By the very funny author of Honk the Moose, with perfect illustrations by Wiese for the text.
CONDITION: Very Good with Good Minus jacket; 1944 owner inscription; edges and corners worn, in jacket with very tattered top edge, small holes, chips, good front and back illustrations; unclipped 2.00.#6153
Paris: Editions Jules Tallandier, Nov 1, 1907. Cloth backed full coloured plaid paper boards with smiling dog head, 12.5x9.5; 64 pp.
Comic events in the life of a happy-go-lucky dog of uncertain breed with many drawings, half in colour.
CONDITION: Good; bottom edges chipped, corners worn through, soft endpapers edgeworn, six inch closed tear on plain rep, spine soiled and bumped, interior slightly toned at margins but nice with bright illustrations.#13734
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1946, first or early printing, subsequent books not mentioned; black cloth backed turquoise boards with red Pretzel standing on a chair to hold up the framed title and her black and red puppies; 8.3x10.25; np.
Bright two page cartoon stories about Pretzel, the longest dachshund in the world. It's amazing what a very long dachshund can do!
CONDITION: Very Good with remnant jacket; very clean boards w tips worn through, (having been protected by enclosed remnant jacket; unclipped 1.00) light soil on one page, otherwise very clean.#16477
Chicago: Follett Publishing Company, 1977, 1st, nl; ivory boards, in jacket with wrap around painting of a neighborhood at night and Lincoln and his dog escaping over a fence; 8vo; 128 pp.
Linc and his friends set out to explore the mystery surrounding Perro, a Spanish speaking dog from Mexico.
CONDITION: Very Good Plus in Very Good Plus jacket; owner name on endpaper, otherwise straight and clean, spine ends lightly bumped; in jacket with light rubs to top edge and spine bottom; unclipped 5.95#20385
Terhune, Albert Payson./Marguerite Kirmse, illustrator.
New York: Garden City Publishing Company, (1921, 1924 Doran) reprint; yellow top edge, pictorial cloth, blue with full page plate of a magnificent collie in a windy meadow; yellow titles, pictorial endpapers, 8 plates including frontis, as issued, b/w chapter heading drawings; 8vo; 251 pp.
Beautiful paintings of this graceful dog illustrate Terhune's collection of inimitable stories. Not an uncommon book, but in very nice condition and just right for a young collie lover.
CONDITION: Very Good Plus; Christmas 1938 owner name in cartouche, tight, clean, one small corner bump, others sharp, a few straightened dogeared pages near the end, all else very nice.#19787
New York: Criterion Books, 1963/1962, stated 1st American, blue boards with black dog, in jacket with painting of Celtic dogs attacking Romans, 8vo; 120 pp.
Bran, the Celtic war dog of nobility, is bewildered and lost when his master dies in battle against the Romans. His story moves from Britain to Rome, and the home of a Roman soldier and his Celtic wife.
CONDITION: Very Good Plus in Very Good Plus jacket; no names, light stain on fep, perhaps from bookplate removal, spine ends crimped, clean, tight, straight; in jacket with 1/16" rubs or chips at one corner and spine ends; unclipped 3.00#21492
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