New York: The Vanguard Press, 1930. Held, John, Jr. Limited and Signed Edition. Hardcover. No. 38 of 210 copies, quarto size, 124 pp., signed by John Held, Jr. Near Fine. Item #15111804
A wonderful collection of stories about man's best friend told from the dog's perspective. "My name is Mac Dunald, and I'm as braw a Scot as ever chewed up a pair of slippers. I'm stubborn and I'm canny, I'm short-legged and close to the ground, what I lack in size I make up in courage". This excerpt is from one of the stories, which was printed in Cosmopolitan.
John Held, Jr. (1889-1958) is best remembered today for his iconic depictions of the Jazz Age; his illustrations of flappers have "become the archetype that others look to". He sold his first drawing to Life Magazine at age 15, and after WWI became a regular contributor to Life, New Yorker, and Vanity Fair.
___DESCRIPTION: Bound in gold cloth, blind-embossed vignette on the front the head of a dog with a halo above, blind-embossed lettering on the sides, top edge gilt, pictorial endpapers, limitation statement on the verso of the flyleaf, this no. 38 of a limited edition of 210 copies of which 200 are for sale, with the author's signature below, frontispiece a black and white drawing of a dog with angel wings and a halo, volume is replete with black and white illustrations scattered throughout the text; quarto size (approximately 10 5/8" tall), pagination: (1)-124. Publisher's slipcase is of gold foil with both sides covered in rose-colored paper, one side has a vignette in gold that mirrors the one on the front board, gold lettering on the spine, the edition number (38) hand-written on the spine.
___CONDITION: Volume is near fine, with a strong, square text block, solid hinges, straight corners with a minimum of rubbing, and the interior is clean and bright; there is a prior owner bookplate on the front pastedown, and some of the signature were opened a bit roughly resulting in a few ragged page edges. The slipcase is overall very good, it is strong and sturdy with some small splits where the top and bottom sections meet the spine, general overall edgewear, minor soiling and sunning to the sides.
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