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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. 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 and occasionally stained.


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
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Some terminology that may be used in this description includes:

"Cloth-bound" generally refers to a hardcover book with cloth covering the outside of the book covers. The cloth is stretched...
Sometimes used as another term for dust jacket, a protective and often decorative wrapper, usually made of paper which wraps...
Title Page
A page at the front of a book which may contain the title of the book, any subtitles, the authors, contributors, editors, the...
Foxing is the age related browning, or brown-yellowish spots, that can occur to book paper over time. When this aging process...
First Edition
In book collecting, the first edition is the earliest published form of a book. A book may have more than one first edition in...
The page bound on the left side of a book, opposite to the recto page.
Generally refers to minor discoloration or staining.
The portion of the book closest to the spine that allows the book to be opened and closed.
The outer portion of a book which covers the actual binding. The spine usually faces outward when a book is placed on a shelf....

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