BEAUTIFUL AND RARE FIRST EDITION OF THE STORY OF FERDINAND, IN ORIGINAL DUST JACKET, INSCRIBED BY MUNRO LEAF WITH AN ORIGINAL DRAWING OF FERDINAND THE BULL
LEAF, Munro. The Story of Ferdinand. Illustrated by Robert Lawson. New York: Viking, 1936. Square octavo, original half tan cloth, pictorial endpapers, original dust jacket. $26,000.
Rare first edition of one of the most popular and enduring children's books ever written, inscribed by the author: "For Howard Stewart with all the best from Ferdinand and Munro Leaf," with an original drawing of Ferdinand also by Leaf.
Ferdinand marked Leaf and Lawson's first collaboration. "It is dynamic text and no less vital picturization" (Bader, 145). "This is perhaps one of the finest 20th-century examples of the inspired wedding of a text and illustrations to make a children's book that as a whole is even greater than the sum of its parts-which are in themselves very fine indeed. The simple, delightful Leaf story about a Spanish bull who prefers the fragrance of flowers to the roar of the bull-ring is lovingly illustrated by Robert Lawson. The overworked word 'classic' is well deserved here. Children have adored The Story of Ferdinand ever since the book was published" (Early Children's Books and Their Illustration, 251).
Book fine, bright dust jacket with only slightest rubbing to edges and some toning to spine. A near-fine inscribed copy with rare original drawing.