Dog Tales by Lilian Gask and illustrated by E. Stuart Hardy. A charming little antique children’s book about a little boy and his dog Nipper who decide to have a birthday party and invite some of Nipper’s dog friends. There is a Maltese, a Retriever, a Pug, a Collie, and a Manchester Terrier. Each dog tells the story of their life with the goal to win a prize. The book measures 4 x 6 and though not dated is definitely from around 1900 or earlier. The illustrations are wonderful and there are two full color plates, one of the Retriever and one of the Collie. The cover does show wear and bumped corners and light soiling (see photos) You can see writing inside the front cover in both ink and pencil. There are two pages missing double sided in the pug story. Two pages have a tear near the bottom but all is tightly bound so not going anywhere. Normal age darkening to some pages margins. Finally, it is a lovely little book which I will read to my grandchildren if it doesn’t sell before then. Insurance is optional.
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