The Story Of Ferdinand

by Leaf, Munro

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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-A signed first edition sold for $16,500 in 2014, and unsigned can list for $10,000. First editions state "First Published September 1936 on copyright page -

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1936
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New York: The Viking Press, 1936. First Edition. Good. First edition, first printing. Bound in publisher's decorated pink paper-covered boards backed with a tan cloth spine, lacking the dust jacket. Good. Covers soiled and worn. Previous owner name to verso of front free end paper. Glue repair seems evident to hinge at title page. Pages soiled, foxed, thumbed… Read more about this item
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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.… Read more about this item
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New York: The Viking Press, 1937. Fifth Printing in Nineteenth Printing Dust Jacket. Large Square Octavo. Pink illustrated dust jacket, illustrated yellow end papers, illustrated by Robert Lawson. Signed and inscribed by author at title page. Very good in dust jacket with spine slightly darkened, two small chips at mid-spine, light wear to edges heaviest at spine ends and… Read more about this item
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London: Hamish Hamilton, 1937. Near fine in very good dust jacket.. First English edition of the pacifist children's classic, banned in Franco's Spain at the beginning of the Spanish Civil War. The first collaboration of Lawson and Leaf, FERDINAND was a hit with children but caused controversy among adults: the story of the bull who would rather smell… Read more about this item
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1936
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NY:: Viking,. Very Good in Good dust jacket. 1936. Hardcover. First edition ("Mcmxxxvi" year of publication on title page and "First Published September 1936" statement on copyright page). Some light foxing to endpapers, brief gift inscription on title page, else very good in a good (edge worn with a few moderate sized chips, faded along the spine) dust jacket with… Read more about this item
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New York: The Viking Press, 1936. First Edition. Near Fine/Very Good. First edition, first printing. Bound in publisher's decorated pink paper-covered boards backed with a tan cloth spine. Near Fine with wear to corners, previous owner name to front free end paper. In a Very Good or better unclipped dust jacket, with fading to the spine, light chipping… Read more about this item
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The Story of Ferdinand

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1938
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Dust jacket has sections torn. Original owner's name in inside front cover
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1937
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NY:: Viking,. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. 1937. Hardcover. Stated seventh printing. Wear to the upper corners, small scrape in the lower corner of the front paste-down and free endpaper, else very good in a very good (moderate edge wear, sun faded along the spine) dust jacket with the original $1.00 price on the front flap. .
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London: Hamish Hamilton. 7th imp. (April 1948). 69pp. VG/VG copy, binding square and tight, internally excellent, jacket has a small chipped loss to head of spine and a couple of tiny nicks, now preserved in archival jacket protector . Very Good. Hardcover. 1st Edition. 1948.
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Penguin, 1964. Hardcover. VG+/VG+. Robert Lawson. VG+ copy. 1964 edition, much later printing. Glossy and clean, minor shelf wear.
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1936
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LEAF, Munro. The Story of Ferdinand. Illustrated by Robert Lawson. NY: Viking Press, 1936. 8vo, [72]pp. Beige quarter-cloth stamped in red with two-color pictorial boards. Pictorial endpapers; b&w illustrations on every other page. Spine ends and corners a bit rubbed, bookseller's stamp on front free endpaper, else a clean, tight copy in original color pictorial dust jacket (spine ends and… Read more about this item
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The Story of Ferdinand.

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The Story of Ferdinand (First Edition, inscribed with a drawing by Munro Leaf)
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New York: Viking Press, 1936. First Edition. First Edition. INSCRIBED and playfully illustrated on the verso of the front endpaper by author Munro Leaf: "For the Hoods / with all the very best wishes / of / Ferdinand / and / Munro Leaf." Very Good, lacking the scarce jacket, with a dampstain and moderate fray on the… Read more about this item
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1936
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The Viking Press, 1936. Book. Near Fine. Hardcover. 1st Edition. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Near Fine Copy In a Custom Box Matching Front Cover. First Edition 1936/1936 Child colored two pages of The Bull.Very Rare As a First New Movie of The Same Excellent Scarce Copy.
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Hamish Hamilton, London., 1937. First U.K. edition. Octavo. Unpaginated. Illustrations in black-and-white by Robert Lawson. A classic story for children that was banned in Spain and Nazi Germany for being pacifist "democratic propaganda".Ownership signature on front pastedown. Spine darkened and a little rubbed at head and tail. Covers a little marked and slightly rubbed at edges. Prelims a little… Read more about this item
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1936
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Viking, 1936. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/No Jacket. An advance copy of the first edition, with "First Published September 1936 on the copyright page." The book is larger than the first edition, and has rough uncut pages. The cover also differs, with brown cloth and sections of the eventual first edition cover attached. This is obviously some sort… Read more about this item
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The Story of Ferdinand

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CollectibleAcceptable. 1936 Viking stated 4th fourth printing. solid binding, no jacket, covers are well worn, pages with text unmarked but opening pre title page pages have some exowner scribbles, a fair early printing. We take great pride in accurately describing the condition of our books and media, ship within 48 hours, and offer a 100% money back guarantee.… Read more about this item
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NY: Viking Press, 1964. dj w/lite chipping, some sunning of edges, in mylar; grey c w/red decorations/titles; illustrated end papers; unpaginated, clean, unmarked pages; book club. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. Illus. by Robert Lawson. 8 Vo.
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1936
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Viking Books for Young Readers, 1936. Hardcover. Acceptable. Missing dust jacket; Readable copy. Pages may have considerable notes/highlighting. ~ ThriftBooks: Read More, Spend Less.Dust jacket quality is not guaranteed.
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The Story of Ferdinand - Second UK Edition, 1938.

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1938
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London: Hamish, 1938 VG condition, second UK edition, August, 1938. Currently looking for a dust wrapper.
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