[London]: Hodder & Stoughton, . Earl, Maud. Hardcover. Octavo size, 347 pp. Very good. Item #19020902
This charming volume is a collection of prose and verse by a variety of authors, all with one thing in common: loving and cherishing their canine companions; the writers span a plethora of periods and styles, including Charles Dickens, Sir Walter Scott, George Eliot, Jack London, William Shakespeare, and Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
Accompanying the text are reproductions of paintings by Maud Earl (1864-1943), a British-American painter who spent her life creating works depicting dogs; her paintings are an accurate portrayal of the different breeds, and she showed her work in prestigious galleries, such as the Royal Society of British Artists and the Paris Salon.
___DESCRIPTION: Full blue cloth, gilt lettering and illustration of a dog inset inside gilt border on the front board, gilt lettering on the spine, frontispiece a tipped-in colour reproduction of a painting by Maud Earl, captioned "The West Highland White Terrier", title page in orange and black, tipped-in colour reproductions of Earl's paintings of dogs, with captions, throughout; octavo size (8" by 6"), pagination: [i-vi] vii-xix [xx] [1-2] 3-326 .
___CONDITION: Volume is very good, with clean boards, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; some rubbing to the edges of the boards, the corners, head and tail of the spine, to the cloth of the rear board, and to the joints, corners are gently bumped, and very faint soiling to the edges of the text block.
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