Doctor Dolittle And The Secret Lake..
Bound in original blue cloth in coloured pictorial dust wrapper which has a few chips and spots on spine and publisher's advertisements on back. Some instances of light foxing confined to edges; otherwise a very good copy.
Jonathan Cape, 30 Bedford Square.,
Illustrated by the author.
FIRST ENGLISH EDITION. 8vo. 5.75 x 8 inches. 351 pp.
Illustrated by coloured endpapers and frontispiece, title page vignette and 44 black and white whole page drawings in text.
The tenth title in the Doctor Dolittle series and certainly the darkest in tone. Written before the Second World War but not first published in the US until 1948. Hugh Lofting (1886-1947) was born in Maidenhead but settled in the USA in 1919. The Doctor Dolittle stories had their origins in the compassion he felt for the sufferings of animals that he had witnessed during his war service on the western front, 1916-17, before he was wounded and invalided home. All the twelve books in the series were illustrated by Lofting's naive art.
[Stock No. 23008]