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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.
London: Rupert Hart-Davis, 1954. Presumed First U.K. Edition. Hardcover. 340 pages. Footnotes. Index. Some discoloration to DJ. DJ is in a plastic sleeve. Edited with an Introduction and Notes by Boyd Alexander. Includes Introduction; Note on the Manuscript; Acknowledgments; Glossary, Abbreviations, &c; Portuguese Journal 1787; Spanish Journal 1787-8; Appendix I: Marialva's Villa and Seteais; Appendix II: Genealogical Tables of the Connections of the Marialvas. Includes full page black and white drawing of William Beckford, aged 21, by Romney on the frontispiece. Also includes three full page black and white illustrations on pages 37-39; two pages of Beckford's Manuscript facing pages 36 and 140; and Illustrations of Henriqueta, Duchess of Lafoes, Mafra, a Map of Lisbon (fold-out), and a map of the Environs of Lisbon (fold-out). William Thomas Beckford (1 October 1760 – 2 May 1844) was an English novelist; an art collector and patron of works of decorative art, a critic, travel writer, and sometime politician, reputed at one stage in his life to be the richest commoner in England. He was Member of Parliament for Wells from 1784 to 1790, for Hindon from 1790 to 1795 and 1806 to 1820. He is remembered as the builder of the remarkable lost Fonthill Abbey and Lansdown Tower ("Beckford's Tower"), Bath, and especially for his art collection. His other principal writings were Memoirs of Extraordinary Painters (1780), a satirical work; and Letters from Italy with Sketches of Spain and Portugal (1834), full of brilliant descriptions of scenes and manners. Boyd Alexander has edited the diaries, and provided an introduction and a large number of notes.
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.