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The Story of Ferdinand

The Story of Ferdinand

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The Story of Ferdinand

by Leaf, Munro

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New York: The Viking Press, 1936. First Edition. Very Good. First edition, first printing. Bound in publisher's decorated pink paper-covered boards backed with a tan cloth spine, lacking the dust jacket. About Very Good. Covers soiled, faded and edge-worn. Previous owner name heavily scratched out on front free endpaper. Pages thumbed and with occasional light creases or wear. Scarce first printing of the classic children's book about a pacifist bull who would rather smell flowers than fight.


A true classic with a timeless message, The Story of Ferdinand has enchanted readers since it was first published in 1936. All the other bulls would run and jump and butt their heads together. But Ferdinand would rather sit and smell the flowers. So what will happen when our pacifist hero is picked for the bullfights in Madrid?  The first print run by Viking Press sold 14,000 copies at $1 each. The following year sales increased to 68,000, and by 1938 it was selling 3,000 copies a week - outselling Gone with the Wind (which had won the Pulitzer in 1937). The story is often seen as a political symbol, and was banned in many countries including Spain. Hitler ordered it to be burned in Germany, and after the Germans were defeated in WWII 30,000 copies were printed and handed out to German children as symbols of peace. -

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The Story of Ferdinand
Leaf, Munro
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First Edition
The Viking Press
Place of Publication
New York
Date Published

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The outer portion of a book which covers the actual binding. The spine usually faces outward when a book is placed on a shelf....
Sometimes used as another term for dust jacket, a protective and often decorative wrapper, usually made of paper which wraps...
Generally refers to minor discoloration or staining.
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