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The Story of Doctor Dolittle. by  Hugh LOFTING - First Edition - 1920 - from Peter Harrington (SKU: 127454)

The Story of Doctor Dolittle.

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The Story of Doctor Dolittle.: Being the History of His Regular Life at Home and Astonishing Adventures in Foreign Parts. Illustrated by the Author.

by LOFTING, Hugh

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New York: Frederick A. Stoke Co., 1920. First title in the Doctor Dolittle series, finely bound First edition, first printing, of the first title in the Doctor Dolittle series. Though born in England, Lofting settled in Connecticut and had his first book published in New York. The book is attractively illustrated with his own naïve pen-and-ink drawings. Octavo. Finely bound by the Chelsea Bindery in bright blue morocco, titles and decoration to spine gilt, raised bands, twin rule to turn-ins, original endpapers bound in at front, blue white and red patterned endpapers, gilt edges. Colour frontispiece, calligraphic title and 32 illustrations by the author, of which 11 are full-page, 2 of these printed on plate paper. Neat small ownership signature to half-title, an excellent copy in a fine binding.


The Story of Doctor Dolittle is a 1920 book about Doctor John Dolittle and his animals. This book is the first in a series of children's books by Hugh Lofting. Doctor Dolittle is a doctor who can speak with the animals in their own languages. He starts treating animals instead of human patients.


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The Story of Doctor Dolittle.
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New York: Frederick A. Stoke Co.,
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About Peter Harrington

Since its establishment, Peter Harrington has specialised in sourcing, selling and buying the finest quality original first editions, signed, rare and antiquarian books, fine bindings and library sets. Peter Harrington first began selling rare books from the Chelsea Antiques Market on London's King's Road. For the past twenty years the business has been run by Pom Harrington, Peter's son.


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The decorative application of gold or gold coloring to a portion of a book on the spine, edges of the text block, or an inlay in... [more]
Full page illustration or photograph. Plates are printed separately from the text of the book, and bound in at production. I.e.,... [more]
The outer portion of a book which covers the actual binding. The spine usually faces outward when a book is placed on a shelf.... [more]
raised band(s)
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First Edition
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fine binding
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