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1 (McKie, Roy). Patrick, Ted; Steinbeck, John THE THINKING DOG'S MAN
New York: Random House, (1964). (1964). Good 
New York: Random House, (1964).. (1964).. Good. - Octavo, cloth-backed boards with an illustration in blind on the front cover, in a dust wrapper. The binding is bumped & there is some soiling & some small, shallow dents to the rear cover. The dust jacket is soiled & chipped with a tear to the bottom edge of its rear panel. [vi], 150 & [1] pages. Title-page vignettes & numerous head-pieces in reddesh brown by Roy McKie. There is some minor foxing to the top & bottom edges and to the pastedowns & endpapers. Good.

First edition.

"With a letter from John Steinbeck explaining why he could not write an introduction for this book". Dog-lover Steinbeck writes a humorous seven-page letter to the author in lieu of an introduction. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 10.00 USD

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2 Lemmon, Robert S THE PUPPY BOOK
Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1924. 1924. Very good 
Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1924.. 1924.. Very good. - Small octavo, maroon cloth titled in gilt. The binding is rubbed, bumped & slightly cocked with a dent to the top edge of the rear cover. xii, [1] leaf & 139 pages. There is an owner's ink name & address on the front endpaper. There is occasional foxing & soiling & there are pencil notations on a very few pages. Illustrated with 8 black-and-white plates, including a frontispiece. Very good.

First edition. First Edition. 
Price: 17.50 USD

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3 Morris, Willie MY DOG SKIP
New York: Random House, (1995). (1995). 0679441441 / 9780679441441 Very good 
New York: Random House, (1995).. (1995).. Very good. - Octavo, cloth-backed boards in a dust wrapper. There are 2 price- stickers mounted over the printed price on the front flap of the dust jacket. Half-title, title, [3 ] leaves, 122 & [1] page plus colophon. Black-and-white head-pieces & textual illustrations by Mikhail Ivenitsky. Near fine.

First edition. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 20.00 USD

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4 Negley, Brooke THE WORLD BY THE TAIL
San Antonio, TX: The Watercress Press, 1999. 1999. 0934955387 / 9780934955386 Good Signed
San Antonio, TX: The Watercress Press, 1999.. 1999.. Good. INSCRIBED TO PETER MATTHIESSEN BY BROOKE NEGLEY AND SIGNED - Octavo, softcover bound in pictorial white wrappers. The wraps are bumped & slightly bowed with some light soiling. There are 2 small stains to the spine. viii, [1] leaf & 243 pages. The top corners of the first 40 pages are bumped. Good.

First edition.

Inscribed by the author to Peter Matthiessen and his wife on the title page and signed in full. First Edition. 
Price: 20.00 USD

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AUTOGRAPH LETTER TO PRODUCER JEAN DALRYMPLE ABOUT HER KOREAN CHINDO DOGS SIGNED BY MARY PYLE SPALDING, WITH SNAPSHOT., Spalding, Mary Pyle. (d. 1970]. Widow of renowned violinist Albert Spalding.
5 Spalding, Mary Pyle. (d. 1970]. Widow of renowned violinist Albert Spalding. AUTOGRAPH LETTER TO PRODUCER JEAN DALRYMPLE ABOUT HER KOREAN CHINDO DOGS SIGNED BY MARY PYLE SPALDING, WITH SNAPSHOT.
Aston Magna, Great Barrington, MA: September 12, circa [1958]. [1958]. Very good Signed
Aston Magna, Great Barrington, MA: September 12, circa [1958].. [1958].. Very good. - Letter penned in black ink filling just over 3 sides of 2 sheets of her letterhead, approximately 8-1/2 inches high by 6-1/4 inches wide, with her address printed in red raised lettering on the rectos. Signed "Mary P. Spalding". Together with a black-and-white snapshot of Chindo dogs. There is a red pencil line through the first page of the letter, probably indicating that the letter has been answered. The lefthand corners of this page are lightly bumped. Very good.

Having read an article about Jean Dalrymple's Chindo dogs, Spalding writes to her about her own Chindo dogs, given to her by General and Mrs. van Fleet, who in turn were given them by Korean President Syngman Rhee on the Island of Chindo. Flown back to West Point at the end of the war the male dog proved too rambunctious for the peace and quiet of his surroundings. "As I was just 'alone' at that moment, Mrs. van Fleet thought the dogs would be a comfort, and, they were a strenuous one -- so affectionate and so wild. Loving dogs they were a fascinating and strenuous adventure...." She encloses two photographs [one of which is present] of the dogs, who are named Van and Fleet.

Mary Pyle Spalding [d. 1970] was the widow of renowned violinist Albert Spalding. Her home, Aston Magna, consisted of a main house, guest house, studio, caretaker cottaqe, pool and an adjacent property, all set on 50 acres of land. It was given to the Berkshire Museum under Mary Pyle Spalding's will.

The recipient, Jean Dalrymple (1902-1998) was the dynamic producer and director of theater and light opera at Manhattan's City Center. Dalrymple began her career in vaudeville, appearing with James Cagney and Cary Grant in the early 1930s. She was a founding member of the American Theatre Wing, the theatre service organization. She worked over the years as a personal manager for the likes of Leopold Stokowski, Mary Martin, Jose Iturbi, Andre Kostalanetz, Nathan Milstein, and Lily Pons. She began her work at City Center with its founding in 1943, serving as a board member and publicist. Her productions there from the 1940s through the 1960s were a revitalizing influence on the whole New York theatre scene. In 1951, Jean Dalrymple married Major-General Philip deWitt Ginder, commander of the Thunderbirds in Korea. She was a friend to Presidents and entertainment personalities throughout the world. 
Price: 45.00 USD

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6 [Kendall, Edward Augustus] KEEPER'S TRAVELS IN SEARCH OF HIS MASTER
Hartford: H. S. Parsons & Co., 1850. 1850. Good 
Hartford: H. S. Parsons & Co., 1850.. 1850.. Good. - Small octavo [approximately 6 inches high by 4 inches wide], bluish gray cloth titled in gilt with profuse decorations in gilt on the spine & with a vignette stamped in gilt on the front cover & decorative frames in blind on both covers. The binding is rubbed, bumped & faded. The head & tail of the spine are chipped with a tear to the head. viii & pages [9]-120. 1 full-page illustration & 6 plates, including a frontispiece, in black & white. There is scattered foxing & staining. Good.

A dog story for children, this book was originally published in 1798. 
Price: 25.00 USD

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