LAWSON, ROBERT. LEAF,MUNRO. THE STORY OF FERDINAND. NY: Viking 1936 (Sept. 1936). 8vo (7 x 9 1/2"), cloth backed pictorial boards, Fine condition in dust wrapper with $1.00 price intact. Dust wrapper spine is sunned, spine ends slightly frayed, a few closed tears but really bright and clean, VG+. First edition. THIS COPY HAS AN INSCRIPTION LEAF FACING THE TITLE. ON IT LAWSON HAS DRAWN A PICTURE OF A FIG BRANCH AND WARMLY INSCRIBED: "A BRANCH FROM THE FAVORITE CORK TREE OF FERDINAND FOR CARL LAEMMLE. MAY YOU SIT IN ITS SHADE ALL DAY AND BE VERY HAPPY [SIGNED] ROBERT LAWSON" AND ALSO SIGNED BY MUNRO LEAF. Carl Laemmel was one of the founders and first chairman of Universal Studios. Illustrated in incomparable style by Robert Lawson. One of the most popular children's books. Considered subversive in some circles because Ferdinand wanted to make love, not war, it was banned by Hitler and in Spain where it was considered a pacifist book. "It is dynamic text and no less vital picturization" (Bader p. 145). Amazingly enough, Little Brown turned down the offer to publish Ferdinand, which Viking accepted only after much persuasion! Some time later it was made into a successful Disney movie. Rare in such nice condition and rarer still with the sketch and inscription. (Inventory #: 38841)
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