Dog Books

22471 Away Went Wolfgang, Kahl. 1st printing, SIGNED in Salzburg, first book

Away Went Wolfgang, V. Kahl. 1st SIGNED, Salzburg. Wolfgang wants a job!

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.

$85.00

 

22470 Beautiful Joe, Saunders, Copeland illus, later reprint.

Beautiful Joe. Saunders, Copeland Illus

"My name is Beautiful Joe, and I am a brown dog of medium size. I am called Beautiful Joe, but not because I am a beauty..." One of the great dog stories, a plea for kindness to animals inspired by Black Beauty. An attractive copy of the 1907 revised edition with much perverse cruelty removed. 

$55.00

 

22469 Frisk and his Flock, Mrs Sanford 1877/1876

Frisk and His Flock. Mrs. Sanford, 1877/1876.

This is a school story, and Frisk is a school dog who takes the children's safety and promptness seriously. It describes the daily life of one of those small town 19th c schools run by educated women by subscription, schools which are none the less open to those in need. The teacher guides the children's moral growth tactfully and their recitations are accompanied by thoughtful questioning and extensions, as they learn at their own pace. If they have been diligent, the last hour of the day is reserved for projects and reading aloud. After school, the children can run down to the river, or go on pleasant walks and wagon rides, before returning home for the chores needed to help their families. In short, an idyllic situation, with a gifted and beloved teacher.

Miss Agatha guides the children toward helping the white poor of the village in a dignified way, so it is a shock to see the unspoken racial prejudices and the gently patronizing customs toward people of colour held by liberal New England society intrude on this scene. Mrs. Sanford was the eldest of 10 children in an Episcopalian minister's family, and the wife of a minister, with 6 children herself, so she knows children's inner feelings well. A good writer, very popular in her day, whose books were often beautifully produced, like this one.

$55.00

 

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

Angus and the Ducks. Marjorie Flack. Later printing of the first Angus book about a VERY curious Scottie puppy..

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.

$55.00

 

21457 Brim's Boat by Gaunt

Brim's Boat.

"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.

$35.00

 

21492 War Dog by Treece, ill Payne.

War Dog.

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.

$36.00

 

19515 Dusty for Speed (Whippet) by Frances and Winthrop Neilson.

Dusty for Speed. (Whippet)

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."

$160.00

 

20912 Paddy's Pay-Day Alexandra Day

Paddy's Pay-Day

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.

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$12.00

 

20385 The Mystery of Lincoln Detweiler and the Dog Robinson

The Mystery of Lincoln Detweiler and the Dog Who Barked Spanish.

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

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$12.00

 

20383 Jock of the Bushveld, abridged. Fitzpatrick

Jock of the Bushveld, abridged.

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

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$12.00

 

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