by RACKHAM, Arthur, illustrator | MORLEY, Christopher |
1922. A Man's Best Friend[RACKHAM, Arthur, illustrator]. MORLEY, Christopher. Where the Blue Begins. With Illustrations by Arthur Rackham. London: William Heinemann; [and] New York: Doubleday Page & Co., . First Edition de Luxe, limited to 100 numbered and signed by Arthur Rackham and Christopher Morley, this being copy No. 93. Quarto (11 x 7 7/8 inches; 279 x 202 mm.). , x, [2,], 227, [1, blank] pp. With four color-plates including frontispiece, and sixteen line drawings. Quarter black ribbed cloth over metallic blue and green mottled paper boards. Yellow and black pictorial label on front board, smaller similar paper label on spine, decorative endpapers printed in blue, top edge gilt. Top of spine neatly repaired. A very good copy in the original (worn & crudely strengthened) gray cardboard slipcase with yellow and black pictorial label and matching limitation number.Where the Blue Begins is a satire about a dog named Gissing (after the author George Gissing) who lives alone (except for his Japanese butler Fuji the Pug), in a little house in the country, in a woodland suburb region called the Canine Estates In this book all of the characters are dogs Poodles, Spaniels, Chows, Beagles, Sealyham's, Mastiffs, Dachshunds, Whippets, Borzois', Airedales, Dobermann-Pinschers, Pointers and Scotties. The story appeared two years after Morley's collection of humorous essays Pipefuls. "No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as the dog does."What breed of dog was Gissing? Read the story and find out Latimore and Haskell, p. 60. Riall, p.154. (Inventory #: 03889)
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