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New York: Dell Publishing Co., 1938. Presumed First Edition, First printing thus. Wraps. Format is approximately 10 inches by 9.25 inches. 16 pages counting covers. Illustrations (some in color). Cover has some wear and soiling. Spine worn. Corners creased. The Story of Ferdinand (1936) is the best known work written by American author Munro Leaf and illustrated by Robert Lawson. The children's book tells the story of a bull who would rather smell flowers than fight in bullfights. He sits in the middle of the bull ring failing to take heed of any of the provocations of the matador and others to fight. Leaf is said to have written the story on a whim in 1935, largely to provide his friend, illustrator Robert Lawson a forum in which to showcase his talents. In 1938, Life magazine called Ferdinand "the greatest juvenile classic since Winnie the Pooh" and suggested that "three out of four grownups buy the book largely for their own pleasure and amusement". According to one scholar, the book crosses gender lines in that it offers a character to whom both boys and girls can relate.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1950. Second Edition. 384, maps, chron table, footnotes, apps, biblio, index, bds weak, lib stamps, bkplate, glue stain & partial lib pocket ins rear bd stains & library stamps on fore-edge, bds & spine scuffed & soiled, lib sticker on spine, small tears to spine, top portion pp. iii-vi torn off (no loss of text), small tear to margin p. 383.