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.

19006 Tale of Terrible Towser, illus Kennedy, Sam Gabriel 1916.
/A. E. Kennedy

Towser wrote this book about his eventful two weeks in the country, day by day.

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.
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
20359 Bobtail Puppy Book by Cecil Aldin.
Aldin, Cecil.
/CA, illustrator.

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.

London: Humphrey Milford, no date [1914] early reprint; tan paper boards with tan cloth spine, red titles, large hairy puppy trotting along in the wind; 8.5x9.25", np.
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.
21898 In Town ABC Raphael Tuck Publishers, Field and Farm Series
/illustrator not credited

Some glimpses of turn of the century dog breeds in this ABC: poodle, bulldogs, terriers, dachshunds, young Saint or Landseer puppy and some sweet kittens, too.

Raphael Tuck and Sons Ltd, Father Tuck's "The Field and Farm" Series; 1895-1901 #5522,; shiny illustrated boards with boy in a blue suit and his dog looking in a toystore window, on the back a mother rocking her baby; oblong 8.5 x 6"; np.
CONDITION: Very Good; no names or other marks, small erased number and long crease on back.
20180 The Pussycat Princess by Anthony, illus photos Frees.
Anthony, Edward.
/Harry Whittier Frees, photographer.

"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].

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.
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.
Taxi Dog by Barracca.
Barracca, Debra and Sal.
/Mark Buehner, illustrator.

A stray dog gets himself adopted by a taxi driver and drives around New York all day, every day. Artist's first book. SIGNED and INSCRIBED by artist with a little drawing of Taxi Dog.

Dial, (1990), 6th. Shiny full colour pictorial jacket, 11x8.3; 22 pp.
CONDITION: Fine in Fine jacket; book and jacket without flaw.
Pussy Cats and Puppy Dogs by Beeson.
Beeson, Helen K.
/Ruth Newton, illustrator.

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.

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.
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."
21005 The Seashore Noisy Book by Brown.
Brown, Margaret Wise.
/Leonard Weisgard, illustrator.

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.

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
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.
The Story of Woofin-Poofin written and illus by Marguerite Buller. 1929, 1st.
Buller, Marguerite.
/MB, illustrator.

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. Note: This book has been SOLD

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"
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.
Kata by Cecil.
Cecil, Patricia

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.

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.
CONDITION: Good in Fair jacket; name, bookplate removal traces free front endpaper, scotch tape stains on endpapers; in tattered, clipped jacket.
20386 Storm of Dancerwood by Chipperfield
Chipperfield, Joseph E.
/C. Gifford Ambler, illustrator.

A story of a magnificent, independent Alsatian (German Shepard) who escapes from his kennel and survives in the wild. Published by Longmans in the following year and then revised by Hutchinson in 1967.

London: Hutchinson's Books for Young People, 10 Great Queen Street, Chestnut Library, [no date, but 1948 Kirkpatrick] 1st nap; yellow cloth binding, 16 full page b/w illustrations, in green jacket with large Alsatian; 6 5/8 x 8 1/4; 176 pp.
CONDITION: Very Good with Fair jacket; no names or other marks, straight, clean, a bit bumped on the ends, fep corner clipped; in very rubbed jacket with chips to spine ends for about a half inch; open spine crease for about four inches; 1.5" tear on back, spot, nice front, looks better in protector; unclipped 7/6..
Dog Toby by Bingham.
Clifton Bingham.
/Berkeley, Stanley and Eugenie Richards, illustrator.

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.

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.
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.
20912 Paddy's Pay-Day Alexandra Day
Day, Alexandra
/AD, illustrator.

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.

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.
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.
21884 Gabriel Wrinkles Bloodhound by Doughtie ill Saxon.
Doughtie, Charles.
/Charles Saxon, illustrator.

A severe case of hay fever keeps Gabriel from his true calling but one day he heads out anyway. Inspired by 'Po', the family bloodhound and illustrated by the New Yorker cartoonist, Saxon, a neighbor, who must have spent some time with Po to come up with these wonderful, funny dog sketches.

New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, probably first or early (1959, DM 1sts cannot be determined for this time period); green cloth boards with red dog and his bone, in white jacket with Gabriel lurking behind a tree, green titles, large photo of 'Po', thinking, on the back; 7.75"x10.3"; np.
CONDITION: Very Good Plus in Very Good jacket; no names or other marks, but small 1960 bird sticker w pull tear on ep, tight, straight, clean, tiny bumps to extrems, in darkening, clean jacket with creased top edge and top corner tears of about a half inch, half inch closed tear on bottom back; unclipped 2.75
20383 Jock of the Bushveld, abridged. Fitzpatrick
Fitzpatrick, Percy.
/E. Caldwell and A. J. Butler, illustrators.

A classic 1907 tale of a bull terrier who shares his master's life in the veld.

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.
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.
20122 Angus and the Ducks, Marjorie Flack, c. 1946/1930.
Flack, Marjorie.
/MF, illustrator.

Angus, a little Scottish terrier who is still all head and feet, pushes his luck with his duck neighbors, and then races to hide under a sofa. "For exactly THREE MINUTES by the clock, Angus was NOT curious at all." The first of classic set of five Angus books about feelings that puppies and little children share, the excitement of adventure, the security of home. Based on Flack's own dog, and true to breed! A nice copy with the original jacket design.

Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company (1930)/ probably 1946 or 1947 ($1.50 price); subsequent to 1945 since Doran has been dropped, even though Topsy (1935) is not mentioned on the back flap; reinforced cloth boards with Angus and two white ducks, yellow endpapers with the three of them, rear endpaper bound several pages in, in blue jacket with the original format with green grass and bottom border picturing the little Scottie and the marching ducks; oblong 10.12x6.75; np.
CONDITION: Very Good in Very Good Plus jacket; no names or other marks, solid, clean, with occasional light reading wrinkles, light tape stains on blank rear endpaper; in jacket, possible marriage, with 1/8" chip to bottom corner and similar wear to spine top; unclipped 1.50.
20179 AnimalLandontheAir by Frees, photos.
Frees, Harry Whittier
/HWF, photos.

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] NOTE: This book has been sold.

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.
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.
21457 Brim's Boat by Gaunt
Gaunt, Michael.
/Stuart Tresilian, illustrator.

"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.

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.
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.
Where is Sarah by Graham.
Graham, Bob.
/Bob Graham, illustrator.

A little book, with Graham's appealing line drawings, of a brother, a sister, and a Scottie named Theo adventuring in the tall grass. John looked for Sarah but then he forgot all about her. Theo deserted her for some soggy chips. The insects bit her tummy. Enough! Note: This book has been sold.

Little, Brown, 1985, 1st printing; shiny col. pictorial boards, 5.6x6.8, 29 pp.
CONDITION: Fine in Fine jacket; book and jacket without flaw.
The Wild Dog of Edmonton by David Grew.
Grew David
/Ellen Segner, illustrator.

Dwight, an orphan, must run away from the farm when his dog Whitepaw is threatened. Note: This book has been sold.

New York: Grosset & Dunlap (1946 David McKay), reprint, Famous Dog Stories; tan boards, in jacket with Dwight and Whitepaw in a snowy landscape; 8vo; 198 pp.
CONDITION: Very Good Plus in Very Good jacket; no names, pulp paper darkening, straight, clean; in clipped jacket with some creases next to top edge.
21592 Wolf a Range Dog by Thomas HInkle.
Hinkle, Thomas C.
/Luis M. Henderson, jacket illustration.

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.

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.
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.
21466 Where Was the Little White Dog? by Johnson.
Johnson, Margaret
/MJ, illustrator.

A very sweet continuous story of a little white dog, perhaps some kind of terrier, who went along on a visit to Grandfather's farm with Fred and then got lost. Each of the 12 chapters telling of his adventures has an illustrated half title and small decorations and illustrations with 3-5 detailed little rebus drawings in text as well. Nice animal illustrations by a turn of the century artist and illustrator, (not the famous animal illustrator Margaret S. Johnson, who would have been 8 years old in 1901.)
Please click on individual pictures to see the fine detail.

Boston: Dana Estes & Company, Publishers, Estes Press, Summer Street, (1901), originally co 1899 by S. E. Casino Company, Boston; tan cloth boards with slate blue and black illustration of two children sitting on either side of a window which looks out on a farm, publisher's list of "Charming tales told in rebus form for wee men and women," frontis of Grandfather's farm; coated paper, oblong 4to, 8.75x7"; 79 pp.
CONDITION: Very Good; nice ink Christmas inscription to a young boy and two small, fine Christmas stickers on ffep, both seem 19th c; front board illustration is rubbed and toned, spine quite dark, rear board stained, corners and spine ends lightly bumped but not rubbed or frayed; pages are creamy, flat, and very clean; opens freely with web showing on one opening.
22471 Away Went Wolfgang, Kahl. 1st printing, SIGNED in Salzburg, first book
Kahl, Virginia
/VK, illustrator.

Wolfgang, huge and clumsy despite his illustrious predecessor, caused a disaster whenever he tried to help. All the dogs in town had jobs. Wolfgang eagerly wished for one too. His mistress tried and tried to find a job for him that would fit his talents. Finally, a surprizing and funny solution! Cheerful, active pictures in the rounded style that the artist/author developed in her subsequent books. Kahl's first book, written while she was an Army librarian stationed in Salzburg. SIGNED while in Europe: Va. Kahl, with July, 1954 date and Salzburg, Austria.

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1954, 1st ("A"); grey cloth boards with the giant dog racing along with the milk cart, milk spilling and his flying mistress barely holding on; in jacket with the same illustration and a border of the little houses of Salzburg in yellow, brown, and red; oblong 10 x 8.25"; np.
CONDITION: Very Good Plus in Good jacket; no names, straight, tight, clean, with flat pages, thin spine ends worn through and slight bumps to corners; in bright, clean, jacket with several small tears and two 3/4 " closed tears, damaged spine with large chip affecting author name; unclipped 2.00.
21595 Keeper in Search of His Master by Kendall.
Kendall, Edward Augustus.

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.
Sadly, Note: This book has been sold.

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.
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.
Linhay by Lamplugh
Lamplugh, Lois.
/Laszlo Acs, illustrator.

Two children try to make an abandoned linhay into refuge for a greyhound.

UK: Deutsch, 1966, 1st printing; 126 pp.
CONDITION: Fine in Fine jacket; book and jacket without flaw; unclipped 15s
19823 The Dog That Wanted to Whistle by Levy.
Levy, Harry.
/Harold Simon, illustrator.

Chancho's parents were a Boxer and a Mastiff, and he is an odd combination of the two. His poor master is so sad when the crops fail and Chancho wants desperately to help out. Perhaps if he could whistle? He finds a tin whistle in the grass but swallows it accidentally and Pablo is so frightened of the sound his dog makes, he bolts the door against him. (happy ending though) Such an ugly and appealing dog, and the illustrations are just right. Note: This book is SOLD.

New York: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Co. 1940/1940 1st sd, and nap; green cloth backed illustrated tan paper boards, with sepia drawing of an extraordinary looking dog; endpapers with a beautiful coloured lithograph of the dog heading out from a cottage high on the altiplano of Peru, with mountains in the background, in a jacket with a full coloured litho of Chancho, the dog, sitting with his master Pablo outside their cottage; 7x8.25"; np.
CONDITION: Near Fine with Good Plus jacket; no names, straight and clean, two tiny bumps on bottom edge; in clean, bright jacket with light edgewear here and there; half inch tear at spine foot with complex rubbed 1" tear above it, affecting publisher's name, about 3/8" damage to spine head; unclipped 1.00.