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The Story of Ferdinand.

LEAF, MUNRO.
(Boston, MA, U.S.A.)
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Book Description: New York The Viking Press 1936, 1936. Octavo. (71)pp. First edition, signed by the author on the title page. With full-page black & white drawings by Robert Lawson on each recto page illustrating text on the opposite page. The story of Ferdinand the bull, who would rather sit under his favorite cork tree and smell flowers than battle a matador in the bull fighting ring, was an immensely popular children's book in the 1930s, inspiring a hit song, seven subsequent editions, and even a balloon in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, all within just over one year of its initial publication. Shortly thereafter, the book was made into a popular Disney movie, the first original story that Disney ever purchased to use as the basis for a film, according to Barbara Bader, author of American Picturebooks from Noah's Ark to The Beast Within.Because the peaceful demeanor of its main character, The Story of Ferdinand inspired considerable controversy when it first appeared. Published in the same year as the onset of the Spanish Civil War, the book was banned in Spain when conservative supporters of Generalissimo Franco denounced the story as leftist propaganda promoting a pacifist ideology. Hitler also condemned the book as propaganda, and it was banned in Nazi Germany, although in Soviet-occupied Poland, it was promoted. Leaf himself responded angrily to the controversy surrounding his book, reports Bader, stating that the gentle Ferdinand was "'just a superior soul, a philosopher, [whose] refusal to fight in the bull ring at Madrid when there was a lovely bouquet to smell was a proof of good taste, and strength of character as well." Despite the political turmoil it caused, Ferdinand remained a hit. Its simple message made a strong impression on young readers, as did Robert Lawson's evocative, stylized drawings, which skillfully use distance and perspective to support the emotional tone of the text. Lawson's career got a tremendous boost as a result of Ferdinand, and he would go on to write and illustrate successful children's books of his own.The Story of Ferdinand remains a popular picture book to this day, a classic of children's literature. Unsophisticated first editions have become scarce, as the book is prone to rough treatment at the hands of young readers, as well as sun damage to the bright red dust jacket. The jacket on this copy retains its brightness, with virtually none of the usual fading to which it is prone. The book is bound in quarter cloth and decorated paper boards and has illustrated yellow endleaves. A few tiny nicks along jacket extremities, else a very fine copy. (Bader, pp. 145-146; Mahoney, Latimer, Folmsbee, pp. 238, 240). Bookseller Inventory # 24282

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The Story of Ferdinand

Leaf, Munro (Robert Lawson)
(Laguna Hills, CA, U.S.A.)
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Book Description: Viking Press, 1936. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Printing, published by Viking 1936. A beautiful copy. This ORIGINAL dustjacket has minor wear to the spine and edges NOT effecting any lettering. The book is bound in the ORIGINAL cloth from the publisher. The boards are crisp with minor wear to the edges. The pages are clean, with NO marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a lovely copy of this scarce First Edition. We buy Munro First Editions. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-11103044888

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The Story of Ferdinand.

Leaf, Munro; Illustrated By Robert Lawson.
(Brattleboro, VT, U.S.A.)
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Book Description: Viking, New York, 1936. First edition. Octavo, original half tan cloth. Warmly inscribed by Munro Leaf with three small drawings, one of a bull. Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket that shows some of the usual fading to the spine and a small chip to the front panel. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. One of the most sought after children's book of the twentieth century, particularly scarce in this condition and signed. "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 Illustrations). Bookseller Inventory # 1643

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The Story of Ferdinand. Signed First Edition.

Leaf, Munro & Robert Lawson
(Hollywood, FL, U.S.A.)
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Book Description: Viking Press, 1936. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Book plate to front paste-down; wear to fore-edge corners; nick to cover; booksellers plate to rear paste-down. All for which see images. ; Neatly signed by Leaf at Title.; 8vo; Signed by Author. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 1335

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The Story of Ferdinand

Leaf, Munro
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Book Description: Viking, 1936. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. 1st Edition. An advance copy of the first edition, with "First Published September 1936 on the copyright page." The book is larger than the first edition, and has rough uncut pages. The cover also differs, with brown cloth and sections of the eventual first edition cover attached. This is obviously some sort of advance production copy, probably prepared by Viking Press for internal use. The only copy we have ever seen or heard of. It is in very good condition, with the book block lying loose in the covers. There is no evidence of glue, so the two were probably never attached. Housed in a custom-made collector's slipcase. Bookseller Inventory # 1307059

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The Story of Ferdinand

Leaf, Munroe
(Seattle, WA, U.S.A.)
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Book Description: The Viking Press, New York, 1936. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. Lawson, Robert (illustrator). First Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Boards in very good condition. Corners rubbed, small abrasion to the lower edge. Hinges strong. Previous owner sig. blacked out with a ballpoint leaving an abrasion. No other internal markings. Text in very good condition, with some very light fingerprint discoloration to a few of the pages. Small tear to the lower edge of two pages. Light crease to the lower front corner of the first few pages. Scans available. Bookseller Inventory # 021177

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Story of Ferdinand

Leaf, Munro
(Atlantic City, NJ, U.S.A.)
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Book Description: VIKING PRESS, NY, 1936. HARD BACK PINK. Book Condition: FAIR. ROBERT LAWSON (illustrator). FIRST ED. 7 1/4 X 8 1/4. 4th printing, covers faded and spotted, DATE PUBLISHED: 1936 EDITION: FIRST ED UNPAGINATED. Bookseller Inventory # 075930

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The Story of Ferdinand

Leaf, Munro; Lawson, Robert [Illustrator]
(Portland, OR, U.S.A.)
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Book Description: Viking Press, 1936. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. 1st Edition. First Edition, Stated Fourth Printing. Printed in December of 1936, just three months after the first printing in September. In original dust jacket with price of $1.00 in tact, as well as the statement of "Fourth Printing" present on the front flap. Former owner name and date written on front free end paper and next blank page as well, as shown in photos posted above. Clean text, sound binding. Pages show light signs of being handled. Exterior edge wear. Light foxing to spine cloth at rear. The dust jacket has sunning and edge wear, with chipping. A few small ink dots to front flap, offset from the previous owner name on front free end paper. Rare in dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # EB131116008

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The Story of Ferdinand

Leaf, Munro
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Book Description: Hamish Hamilton, 1937, 1937. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. First Edition. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. very light foxing, couple very short inscriptions in front, illustrated by Robert Lawson. Bookseller Inventory # 009645

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The Story of Ferdinand

Leaf, Munro
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Book Description: Viking Press, 1936. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. Lawson, Robert (illustrator). 1st Edition. Third printing stated on jacket and copyright page. Jacket unclipped and retains $1.00 price. Jacket with several chips and a closed tears, spine is faded as well. Boards are clean with some light damage to corners. Pages are extremely clean with no markings or damage. Bookseller Inventory # 000360

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Ferdinand

Leaf
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Book Description: Viking, 1937. Paper on Boards. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. Lawson (illustrator). First. 7.5"x8.5". First published in 1936. this is the 5th reprint of first edition. pink boards with sun fade around edges with cloth hinge and spine. no dj. very clean and tight. Front cover has line drawing of Ferdinand the bull. Book. Bookseller Inventory # 025790

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THE STORY OF FERDINAND [SIGNED]

Leaf, Munro
(Rockville, MD, U.S.A.)
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Book Description: The Viking Press, New York, 1937. First edition, eighth printing. Octavo, unpaginated. Hardcover without jacket in VG- condition. Bumping and shelf-wear. Rubbing to corners. Mild abrasion to rear board. Light sunning and soiling to cloth-bound spine. Boards are encased in a protective mylar covering. Foxing to text block, very lightly affecting text. Hinge-starting at rear, otherwise sturdy. Signed by Munro Leaf on front free end page. Shelve: CHILDREN'S CASE Spine is tan with red text. Dupont. Bookseller Inventory # 9-48-1228360

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The Story of Ferdinand

Leaf, Munro
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Book Description: Hamish Hamilton, London, 1937. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Lawson, Robert (illustrator). 1st Edition. 8vo. Unpaginated. Illustrated throughout. Pictorial endpapers. Original cloth-backed boards. Boards lightly scratched and marked. Signature to head of title page. A nice copy. Bookseller Inventory # 07866

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The Story of Ferdinand

LEAF,Munro
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Book Description: Hamish Hamilton, 1937. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. 1st Edition. First UK edition. Hamish Hamilton 1937. Illustrated by Robert Lawson. Illustrated endpapers. Rubbing to corners, green spine darkened and bumped at ends. Small tea spashes to rear cover at edge of spine. o/w a very good copy. NO jacket 0.0. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-7650815001

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The Story of Ferdinand

Leaf, Munro
(Pasadena, CA, U.S.A.)
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Book Description: The Viking Press, Publishers, New York, 1936. Boards/ Cloth. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket. Robert Lawson (illustrator). First Edition, Fourth Printing. Lightly used, no names or marks, a little fading at edges of boards but spine lettering strong, paper covered boards beginning to fray at lower front tip. This book without the dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 025935

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The Story of Ferdinand

LEAF Munro
Bookseller: David Kenyon
(Kings Lynn, UK, United Kingdom)
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Book Description: Hamish Hamilton, London, 1937. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. Robert Lawson (illustrator). 1st Edition. 8vo. Unpaginated. Red boards w red title to brown cloth spine. Boards a little worn, mainly to edges. 3mm tear to edge ffep and small ink ownership inscriptions to fep and title page. Illustrated eps and beautifully illustrated throughout in black and white. Clean and tight, a lovely copy. Bookseller Inventory # 059751

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The Story of Ferdinand

Leaf, Munro
(Newport, NH, U.S.A.)
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Book Description: Viking Press `, 1937. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Robert Lawson (illustrator). 9th Printing. red and white decorated binding. Bookseller Inventory # 76486

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