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LEAF, Munro.

The Story of Ferdinand.

Published: New York: The Viking Press, 1936

Stock code: 92666

Price: £7,500

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First edition, first printing. A beautiful copy of this classic children’s tale, of a bull who liked to smell flowers under the cork tree rather than fight in bull fights. Published just months before the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, many saw it as a Pacifist title. It was banned in several countries, including Spain. Hitler ordered the title to be burned, while Stalin allowed it to be the only non communist children’s title allowed in Poland and Mahatma Gandhi proclaimed it as his favourite book. This title was also the basis for the 1938 Walt Disney animated short which won the Academy Award that year in the best short film category.

Quarto. Original pink paper covered boards, grey cloth spine, lettering to spine in pink, pictorial endpapers, with the dust jacket. Housed in a pink quarter morocco solander box by the Chelsea Bindery. Black and white illustrations throughout by Robert Lawson. An excellent copy in dust jacket with light rubbing to ends of spine and a bit of light soiling to top edges and flap folds.

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