New York: Harper & Brothers, (1959). Hoff, Syd. First Edition. Hardcover. Octavo size, 64 pp. Near fine / very good. Item #CNJWEM061
Syd Hoff (1912-2004) is probably best known for "Danny and the Dinosaur", published in 1958. He began illustrating at an early age, selling his first cartoon to "The New Yorker" at the age of 18.
This work, "Julius", is one of over sixty volumes Hoff wrote and illustrated for the Harper series "I Can Read", and features an "utterly affable gorilla" (from jacket flap) who travels from his home in the African jungle to the circus in America, and his adventures with Davy and his father.
___DESCRIPTION: Pictorial paper over boards with a tan linen shelfback, listing of "Other 'I Can Read' Books by Syd Hoff" include only "Danny and the Dinosaur" and "Sammy the Seal", copyright page with no further printings noted, colour illustrations and text on every page; octavo size (8 5/8" by 6"), pagination: [1-6] 7-64. Pictorial dust jacket has a stamped price of $1.95 (although this below a "clip", there may have been an original printed price), summary of book on the front flap with the codes of "40-80" and "No. 8957A" on the lower corner, author bio on the back flap, publisher's ads on the back panel (all books listed published prior or during 1959).
___CONDITION: Volume is near fine, with clean boards, straight corners with minimal rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; a couple of shallow bumps to the edges of the boards and a small area of light soil to the edge of the text block. The dust jacket very good, light overall soiling and edgewear, a bit more wear at the head and tail of the spine with small loss, but not affecting any text.
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