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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
London: Humphrey Milford, no date  early reprint; tan paper boards with tan cloth spine, red titles, large hairy puppy trotting along in the wind; 8.5x9.25", np.
An introduction by the Puppy reveals his unease about his docked tail. In the following 11 "chapters", The Lambkin Laughs, The Cat Laughs, all his friends tease him, too. Each "chapter" contains a half title with a drawing, opening to a coloured painting of Puppy and his friend in greys, reds, dark browns, and yellow ochres, with black outlines on grey paper, the puppy's poem facing. In the last chapter, the Bob-Tail Puppy decides to solve the teasing by sitting down. Wonderful illustrations of this funny grey and white puppy, frequently reproduced. Due to the complexities of publishing imprints, Henry Frowde's children's books became Humphrey Milford's in the late teens, so this is a later printing rather than a reprint house printing. Heavy, original dimensions, with very nice colour quality. A scarce Aldin Puppy title.
CONDITION: Very Good; small Sept. 18, 1925 gift inscription on title page margin, and, almost invisibly, on charcoal green (replaced?)endpapers; three corners lightly worn to card, fourth corner for about a half inch, clean, flat pages.#20359
New York City: The Century Company, 353 Fourth Ave, 1922/1922 1st sd; red cloth boards with black pussycats, and the pussycat princess wearing a blue cape and a gilt crown, 32 full page "photographic animal studies", in tan jacket with illustration identical to boards, and with Century Books for Boys and Girls listed on the back; 7.25x9.75" , 160 pp.
"The Pussycat Princess asks and receives from her royal father permission to go out into the world, taking whatever risks may befall, but for one night only." Thirty-two photographs of real puppies and kittens elaborately dressed and posed to illustrate the story. [White 576].
CONDITION: Near Fine in Very Good jacket; no names or other marks, tight, straight, bright binding, essentially no flaws at all but tiny bumps to extrems; in jacket which has become quite darkened with very light edgewear and 1/8" fraying at spine top; original cost, $2.50.#20180
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: Harper & Brothers, (1957), first or early printing, prior to 1962, none of these Harper folios appear to have been stated; black cloth backed spine, paper boards with all around illustration of the little dog sleeping in a red and white stroller in the gardens of Udine; in jacket identical to boards; 9.5x13.5; np. (32 pp.)
Pantaloni, a good and faithful dog, causes havoc when he is separated from his young master. Luminous pictures set in an ancient Italian village and town and the surrounding countryside, the childhood home of the author/artist. Oversized, additional priority shipping charge.
CONDITION: Very Good Plus in Very Good jacket; no names or other marks, straight, very clean boards and pages, top corner tips worn through, bottom spine lightly bumped; in lightly edgeworn jacket with 1.5" chip at foot of darkened spine, creases very rubbed, small chips to extrems, three 1" tears; still ,considering the size of the book, attractive in protector.#21116
Brown, Margaret Wise./Leonard Weisgard, illustrator.
New York: Harper & Brothers, (1941 was Scott first edition) this book an early to mid 40's Harper printing; black cloth spine and aqua paper boards with Muffin in a little white boat, two gulls and an orange lighthouse, aqua endpapers with sea creatures, in jacket with identical design front flap mentioning Country Noisy 40, but not Indoor Noisy 42, although there is an odd 1.5" blank space; the rear flap is blank and narrow; 7.2x8.2"; np
Little Muffin hears everything, but he had never heard the sea. Adventures follow. "'Ho! Ho!' said the captain as he pulled Muffin out of the water. 'I think I've caught a dogfish this time.' Weisgard's bright angular illustrations of the curious sea creatures go right along with Muffin's inquisitive nature.
CONDITION: Very Good Plus in Good Plus jacket; small collector's stamp on each endpaper which cannot be removed, otherwise tight and extremely clean as to boards and pages, nice spine and corners, tiny bumps to top edge, light rubs to while bottom edge; in very lightly edgeworn jacket with essentially no loss of paper: crease along spine showing white, light rubbed chips to extrems (about 1/16"), two 1" closed tears, one affecting title, 2 smaller tears; clipped with the original bookstore's stamp raising the price to 2.25.#21005
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
Boston: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, Sept. 16, 1929, 1st, nap and only 1915 "Little Folks of Animal Land" listed on flap and "Animal Mother Goose" 1921 on title list; bright blue cloth boards with gilt letters and gilt frame around a photo of a kitten with a banjo ready to broadcast on station N.I.P, endpaper photos with real little dogs and cats flying biplanes through the clouds, interior "done in sepia on India-tint Dull Coated Paper", "sixty full-page half-tones of animal pets, costumed, posed, and photographed from life, each with descriptive page in Story-Sequence," in jacket with front identical to boards, on the back a full photo of a puppy carefully steering a biplane; 6.5x8.25; 254 pp.
A series of very short intertwined stories, bringing radio, motorcars, and planes into Animal Land, and beginning with A Young Matron, thinking sadly of her husband, Archingback Stripes, reported missing in action in World War I, we presume. Frees has written an interesting preface on animal photography: most suitable are kittens from six to ten weeks of age, as their attention is caught by sight, while a puppy's is distracted by sound. [White 745]
CONDITION: Near Fine in Good Minus jacket; no names or other marks, straight, absolutely clean, gilt very bright, photo plate in perfect shape, a very slightly darkened area at the base of the spine for 1" where the jacket did not shield the book from sunlight; in jacket with light edgewear along top, chips on scratched spine to 3/8", heavy edgewear along bottom edge to about 1/2 inch reaching author's name, rubbed flap creases and front flap almost detached, 2.5" closed tear affecting title, 1" wrinkled tear on back, still the jacket presents attractively in protector and has protected the book well; unclipped $2.50.#20179
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. NOTE: This book has been SOLD.
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
London: Printed for E. Newbery at the corner of St. Paul's Church-yard, 1789/1788, stated "second edition"; green and red marbled boards, dark green vellum spine with gilt title stamped, frontispiece shows a peasant wading through the snow with a half frozen black and white small setter type dog, by Dadly after John Thurston [Roscoe J206]; large print; 3.5 x 5.25"; 190 pp.
On market-day, Keeper was distracted by a basket of fowls. His master was out of sight "before our dog could persuade himself to leave the favourite objects of his allurement." Through his many dangerous adventures, Keeper remains determined to be reunited with his Master. Minus the long poems and some of the philosophical ramblings, this is a wonderful tale, with the moral directed more at dogs than at children! Keeper remained in print during the next century and is often considered the first children's dog story. This is a charming little copy of the book, bright, supple, and pleasant to read, printed a few years before Elizabeth Newbery sold the firm to John Harris. Since Harris was her manager at the time this book was published, we'd like to think his later preference for entertaining and interesting children's literature can be seen in Keeper.
CONDITION: Very Good Plus; no names or other marks or foxing; tiny corner bumps, probably a 19th c, skilled, tasteful, rebacking with original boards, since there is no paper label as called for and the endpapers/flyleafs have no inscriptions; however all other points but the label follow Roscoe; original price 1/6.#21595
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