The Story of Doctor Dolittle. Octavo, full-bound cloth with paper illustration to front. First Edition, Eight Printing of Hugh Lofting's classic children's story, The Story of Doctor Dolittle.Presentation copy neatly signed and inscribed to the recipient on the first free page, with the Author's / Sincere Regards / Hugh Lofting / November 1922. Hugh Lofting was creator of the most famous vet of all time (pace James Herriot)-and what a wonderfully sane loony Dr. The books are absolutely irresistible and deathless-as well as being immensely stylish. Very much collected, as is right and proper (Connolly, Children's Modern First Editions, 189). Asked about the genesis of Doctor Dolittle, Lofting stated that he came up with the idea during World War I. He recalled: It was during the Great War and my children at home wanted letters from me-and they wanted them with illustrations rather than without. There seemed to be very little of interest to write to youngsters from the Front: the news was either too horrible or too dull. One thing, however, that kept forcing itself more and more on my attention was the very considerable part the animals were playing in the World War (Firsts). After being injured in the war, Lofting used his letters to compile a book.
With the help of fellow writer Cecil Roberts, whom Lofting met on a trip home to the United States, Hugh Lofting secured publication at Frederick A. Soon after, he became one of the most celebrated children's authors of all time. Peter Parley to Penrod, 138.
Binding tight with moderate slant. Original full-bound cloth boards with paper illustrated front present mostly clean and unmarked with only some mild darkening, more so to edges, a white mark to rear with a few very faint water spots, and fading to spine. Light rubbing to corners, more moderate to head and foot of spine with some tiny tears and fraying to latter. Light folds to a couple corners and a few very tiny bumps to edges.
Text blocks tanned with light spotting. Presentation copy neatly signed and inscribed to the recipient, "Harold Robbins ____" on the first free page, with the Author's / Sincere Regards / Hugh Lofting / November 1922.Original dust jacket presents fairly well. Panels show light spotting, some moderate shelf-wear with rubbing that impacts title to front and some faint stains. Chipping to corners and head and foot of spine with some light loss. Very small nick about top center spine. Flaps clean with moderate wear to top edges. This item is in the category "Books & Magazines\Antiquarian & Collectible". The seller is "twobeesrarebooks" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped worldwide.