Dog Books

Picture books and juveniles about dogs, both realistic and imagined. We try to mention breed if this is clear. Because we love dogs and dog books we'll sometimes list ones here that have a few more condition flaws than usual, usually jacket issues.

Maurois, Andre.
/Gerald Maurois, photos, illustrator.

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.

NY: Sterling Publishing Co, Inc. no date, [1957]; 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.
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.
19515 Dusty for Speed (Whippet) by Frances and Winthrop Neilson.
Neilson, Frances Fullerton and Winthrop.
/Hans Kreis, illustrator.

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."

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.
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.
il primo libro di Susanna by NIcoletta.
Nicoletta (Colette Rosselli)
/N., illustrator.

Susanna and her little white dog Ucchi and her black bird Nicola go to the zoo. The pets' reactions to each animal are such fun! Very bright, flat sophisticated lithos looking, almost like pochoir but not, on tan card in the style of an early Disney or even Chloe Preston. The first book of a well known Italian illustrator and artist, Colette Rosselli, who went on to illustrate many books, and also, under the pseudonym Donna Letizia, to publish an etiquette advice column for many years. The primo and segundo books were originally written for her daughter. Rare in first edition, il primo libro di Susanna has been frequently reprinted in smaller formats.

Verona, Italy: Casa Editrice A. Mondadori, 1941, 1st, nap; tan soft paper boards with Suzanna and her pets reading a copy of this book, green titles and cloth spine, endpapers and pages of stiff buff card, illustrations on both sides of endpapers, bright pictures and flowers scattered through the cursive text and eight full page illustrations,Impressed government or publisher seal on rear endpaper, 10.25x13.75", 26 x 35cm.; np.
CONDITION: Very Good; "to my darling Elinor, from Daddy, Palermo, Sicily, 1943", loosening a bit, boards soiled, especially on the back, scratches and a nick on the back, corner tips rubbed through, spine faded w 1/4" tear; pages uncreased and very clean, light reading wrinkles on bottom margins of some pages, 1" closed margin tear.
Mrs. Dunphy's Dog by O'Neill.
O'Neill, Catharine.
/Catharine O'Neill, illustrator.

A droll text and whimsical paintings tell about a dog who learns to read. Note: This book has been SOLD.

Viking, 1987, 1st printing, number line; 8x10, np.
CONDITION: Fine in Fine jacket; book and jacket without flaw; unclipped 11.95.
No-Sitch by Stong/Wiese.
Phil Stong.
/Kurt Wiese, illustrator.

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.

Dodd, 1936/1936, 2nd. 8.6x10.3, 80 pp.
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.
Mesaventures d'un Chien by Rabier.
Rabier, Benjamin.
/Benjamin Rabier.

Comic events in the life of a happy-go-lucky dog of uncertain breed with many drawings, half in colour.

Paris: Editions Jules Tallandier, Nov 1, 1907. Cloth backed full coloured plaid paper boards with smiling dog head, 12.5x9.5; 64 pp.
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.
Pretzel and the Puppies by Rey.
Rey, Margaret.
/H. A. Rey, illustrator.

Bright two page cartoon stories about Pretzel, the longest dachshund in the world. It's amazing what a very long dachshund can do!

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.
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.
20385 The Mystery of Lincoln Detweiler and the Dog Robinson
Robinson, Jean.
/Gioia Fiammenghi, illustrator

Linc and his friends set out to explore the mystery surrounding Perro, a Spanish speaking dog from Mexico.

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.
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
21492 War Dog by Treece, ill Payne.
Treece, Henry.
/Roger Payne, illustrator.

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.

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.
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