Story of Doctor Dolittle, The

| LOFTING, Hugh |

Published by New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1920., 1920
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"Money," he said, "is a terrible nuisance. But it's nice not to have to worry." First Edition of Doctor DolittleTogether with a Signed Letter from Hugh LoftingLOFTING, Hugh. The Story of Doctor Dolittle. Being the history of his peculiar life at home and astonishing adventures in foreign Parts. Never before printed. New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1920. First edition of the First Doctor Dolittle Book. Octavo (8 x 5 1/4 inches; 203 x 134 mm.). [xii], 180 pp. Inserted color frontispiece with original tissue-guard (torn in gutter) on inserted black and white plate, and numerous line illustrations, many full-page, all by Hugh Lofting.Publisher's orange cloth, front cover decorated and lettered in blue and with a duplicate of the color frontispiece laid on. Spine lettered in blue, three-color pictorial end-papers, top edge stained blue. Lettering on spine a little dull, minimal rubbing to corners and spine extremities. Early ink presentation on front free end-paper dated "Nov. 1, 1922." An excellent copy.Together with a loosely inserted one-page typed letter, signed by Lofting, talking about his Doctor Dolittle books…"New York / Jan 24 1930" / "Dear Benjamin Weil: / It was very kind of you to write and tell / me you like my books. /I am very busy writing a new one now but / it is not about Doctor Dolittle. I hope you will / like it as well as the stories about him. / Maybe / there will be a new book about Doctor Dolittle next / year. I am sorry you have been ill and hope / you are quite well again. / With all good wishes, / Very Sincerely Yours, / January 24th 1930. [signed] "Hugh Lofting". Together with the original envelope with Hugh Lofting's office address printed on flap.Hugh John Lofting (14 January 1886 – 26 September 1947) was a British author, trained as a civil engineer, who created the character of Doctor Dolittle, one of the classics of children's literature. He traveled widely as a civil engineer, before enlisting in the Irish Guards regiment of the British Army to serve in the First World War. Not wishing to write to his children about the brutality of the war, he wrote imaginative letters which later became the foundation of the successful Doctor Dolittle novels for children. Hugh Lofting's character of Doctor John Dolittle, was an English physician from Puddleby-on-the-Marsh in the West Country - who could speak to animals. The character first saw light in the author's illustrated letters to children, written from the trenches during the War of 1914 to 1918, when actual news, he later said, was either too horrible or too dull. The stories are set in early Victorian England in the 1820s-1840s (The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle gives a date of 1839). The Story of Doctor Dolittle: Being the History of His Peculiar Life at Home and Astonishing Adventures in Foreign Parts Never Before Printed (1920) began the series and won the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1958. The sequel The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle (1922) won Lofting the prestigious Newbery Medal. Eight more books followed, and after Lofting's death two more volumes appeared, composed of short unpublished pieces.The internal chronology of the books is somewhat different from the publishing order. The first book is followed by Doctor Dolittle's Post Office (1923), Doctor Dolittle's Circus (1924) and Doctor Dolittle's Caravan (1926). Only then follows the second book, The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle (1922), continued by Doctor Dolittle's Zoo (1925). After that, the publishing order is restored; Doctor Dolittle's Garden (1927) is followed by Doctor Dolittle in the Moon (1928) and Doctor Dolittle's Return (1933), ending with Doctor Dolittle and the Secret Lake (1948).The series has been adapted for film and television many times, for stage twice, and for radio too.Our great friend of nearly fifty years, Leslie Bricusse wrote the song "Talk to the Animals" for which he won the Oscar for 'Best original Song' at the 1968 academy awards."If we could talk to the animals, Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: Story of Doctor Dolittle, The
Publisher: New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1920.
Publication Date: 1920

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