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The Story of Doctor Dolittle. by  Hugh LOFTING - First Edition - 1920 - from Peter Harrington and

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. 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. 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.

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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