New York: The Viking Press, 1934. First Edition. Hardcover. First printing, octavo size, 188 pp., without Newbery Medal on dust jacket. Near fine / very good. Item #20082969
The winner of the Newbery Medal for 1935, "Dobry" is the story of a small boy who works a farm but wishes for something different - he wants to be a sculptor.
Written by Monica G. Shannon Wing (1893-1965), she was the child of immigrants whose family eventually settled in Montana, where she became familiar with ranch life and heard stories told by the Bulgarian ranch hands; this story sprang from both those stories and experiences from the life of the illustrator. Atanas Katchamakoff (of whom we could find little online) was born in Bulgaria and eventually made his way to Calfornia where he worked as a sculptor (per jacket flap).
The book came out to critical acclaim with children's literature expert May Hill Arbuthnot calling it "[o]ne of the greatest children's books about people of other countries" (n.b., per Wiki).
___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full tan cloth over boards, depiction of a flock of storks flying in a "V" formation (taken from the chapter headpiece on p. 29) stamped onto the front board in red, red lettering on the spine, red top-stain, pictorial endpapers, book opens with a double-spread colour illustration ("Baking the Bread"), eight other black-and-white illustrations, some full-page and some in-text, bound in throughout, plus twenty-three chapter headings; octavo size (9 1/8" by 6 1/8"), pagination: [i-xii] [1-4] 5-176 (note that illustrations are included in page count). The publisher's dust jacket shows the original price of $2.00, illustration on the front panel wrapping around to half of the back panel also of "Baking of the Bread", blue lettering on both panels and spine, red border on front and back panels, excerpt titled "Breadmaking" on the back panel in black, summary of the book on the front flap along with the price, short bios of the author and illustrator on the back panel.
___CONDITION: Volume near fine, boards mostly clean with just a few light specks, straight corners without rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; some offsetting to the spine and endpapers from the dust jacket, else fine. The unclipped dust jacket a solid very good, complete and free of tears, light overall soiling, the spine sunned, and overall edgewear mostly at the head and tail of the spine with partial loss of the word "Press" at the tail of the spine (please see pictures and request more if needed); no Newbery Medal on the dust jacket (although we are not certain when the custom of affixing the medals began).
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