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[Taylor, Joseph]. The general character of the dog: Illustrated by a variety of original and interesting anecdotes of that beautiful and useful animal, in prose and verse. New York: Mahlon Day, 1836. 12mo (15.7 cm, 6.18"). 144 pp.; 4 plts. $200.00
Man's best friend: a variety of moving, entertaining, and inspiring stories about dogs around the world, first printed in London in 1804. This American edition opens with => four wood-engraved plates, each showing two dogs, preceding the title-page, and it is now uncommon: a search of WorldCat found only three reported U.S. institutional holdings (American Antiquarian Society, Duke, William & Mary).
Provenance: From the children's book collection of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Osborne Collection, p. 838 (for first ed.). Contemporary ribbon-embossed cloth, front cover with printed red paper label; binding rubbed overall and spotted with light discolorations, label dimmed, cloth split at front joint with front hinge (inside) tender and back hinge cracked. Front fly-leaf with early pencilled inscription, now much faded. First plate separated and torn across lower portion, without loss and with pencilled scribble on verso, repaired from rear; foxing throughout. => A worn and somewhat fragile copy, still ready for faithful service. (41587) Please RESHELVE This.
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