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.
21570 Naughty Puppies, Chapbook.

Too much mischief! The puppies' father, a grave, respectable dog, punishes them by eating their dinner for three whole days.

New York: McLoughlin Bro's, Little Pleasewell Series, (1880s?) green with black panel and red titles, illustrated with little puppies, black and white drawings within, 8 pp., 4x6".
CONDITION: Good Plus; no names, light soil and edge, spine rubs; needle holes near spine, clean and unwrinkled.
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.

Marvellous scenes of trained animals from the late 1800's. Three sections illustrated with 48 color-tinted images:

- Visit to the Circus: Dancing Horse Act, Trick Horses at Dinner, Eight Horse Riding Act, Bareback Drum Act, and many Bareback riding tricks;
- Monkeys' Circus: The Band at the Door, Toby Spinning the Dishes, Miss Lily's Ride, and other monkeys performing human circus acts, including a dinner which seems to be working out better than the Horses';
- Wonderful Performing Dogs: Performing Poodles, the Wheelbarrow Ride, and other amazing tricks by fully clothed small dogs with some Newfoundlands obligingly playing the role of Dogs.

Interesting pencil inscriptions and poem written by Daisy Maud Watkins as a young child who received this book for Christmas in 1885 and moved to Logan, Ohio in 1886.

New York: McLoughlin 1883, first edition and first or early printing (the 3 sections were published in softcover simultaneously); red, blue and yellow boards with six vignettes, "Men, Monkeys, and Dogs" on bottom board, red edges all around, heavy paper, red blue and gilt outlined letters on title page, illustrated half titles for each section, text set in full page illustrations; 8.5x11"; np.
CONDITION: Good Plus; careful child's inscriptions from 1880's, all edges worn to undercoat and bottom and corners to card, right edge of spine very chipped off, leaving monkey design complete, original plain endpapers not split, both boards evenly foxed, margins of pages evenly soiled from handling and one small bottom margin spot running through last six pages, tight, straight, and otherwise clean.
20931 A Bow-Wow Book. /Stanley Tyreman Berkeley, ill Dean's
/Stanley Tyreman Berkeley, illustrator.

Dogs in action: On the cover, the title encircled by a leash and a white and tan Borzoi, Russian Wolfhound, curled around a terrier type dogs with large upright ears, on the back two black and tan puppies with huge feet, pages comprise: 3 bulldogss "Types of English beauty", a Landseer Newfoundland who has just rescued a doll from the ocean, two setters (English?) guarding a dead pheasant, a fox terrier saying "Good Morning" to a horse, 3 intense terriers staring down a hole, two Great Danes "Warranted 'Quiet to Drive'", a spread with hitched "Esquimaux dogs used for Arctic Sledging", The Poodle's Toilet, Greyhounds Racing, four hound puppies up to mischief, and on the last page miserable puppies with bows in a wicker basket "Home From the Wash." Berkeley, an accomplished artist who died as this book was being published, created the famous company logo.

London: Dean's Rag Books; (1908) #100, although this book was in print until 1919, the reversed logo dates this copy to 1909 or 1910; Dean's 2/6 Patent Rag Books Series 4, 190 mm x 224 mm, red oblong cloth book in seven colours. (Cope)
Good Plus; no names or marks, sizing remains, pinking partially frayed and bottom of spine very frayed, pages browning on edges and with some foxing, pages do not lie square, patent notice illegible, drawings clear and quite bright.
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.
8511 Steve and the Guide Dogs. by Armer / Kocsis illustrator.
Armer, Alberta.
/J. C. Kocsis, illustrator.

Stevie undertakes to raise a German shepherd puppy that will eventually go to the Guide Dog School. He "has to learn some bitter lessons in heartbreak and in perseverance."

NY: World, 1965, 1st printing. Orange cloth stamped, 190 pp.
CONDITION: Fine in Very Good jacket; as new in darkening clipped jacket w faded spine.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
20968 Flicka, Ricka, and Dicka and a Little Dog by Lindman.
Lindman, Maj.
/ML, illustrator.

The little girls return Mr. Applegate's lost wet dog. He keeps running back to them but Mother says "we must not keep what does not belong to us, though we may want to badly." Happy ending.

Chicago: Albert Whitman & Co. 1957/1946, fifth printing; lime green cloth binding with full pasted on plate of the little girls caring gently for the dog, patterned coloured endpapers, in yellow jacket identical to boards; 8.25x9.8; np.
CONDITION: Near Fine in Good Plus jacket; neat owner name, straight, very clean and tight with unwrinkled pages, in jacket which is very clean but has many short closed tears and one 2" wrinkled closed tear on front, spine is darkened and creased, some titles crossed out in pen on back flap, no loss of paper; unclipped 1.50.
Lost and Found by Little.
Little, Jean.
/Leoung O'Young, illustrator.

New in her community, Lucy finds a little stray dog and names him Trouble. She and a new friend, Nan, try to find Trouble's owner; at first it seems as if no one else wants him.

Toronto: Viking Kestrel, 1985, 1st printing; 82 pp.
CONDITION: Fine in Fine jacket; book and jacket without flaw; unclipped 5.95 pounds.
21474 Martha Speaks Meddaugh Signed by author and Martha
Meddaugh, Susan
/SM, illustrator.

"But there was a problem: now that Martha could talk, there was no stopping her. She said exactly what was on her mind." SIGNED and INSCRIBED with a hairy paw print and a little dog saying ". Woof Woof I mean hi." 

New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1992, 1st, nl; shiny pictorial boards with Martha saying the title and a border of letters and Good dogs alphabet soup on the back; red endpapers, in jacket identical to boards; 4to; np.
CONDITION: Fine in Fine jacket; no names or other marks, very tight and clean; unclipped 13.95.
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.