New York: The Viking Press, September 1936. First edition. First issue, with jacket price clipped on front flap but without the "second printing" notation and $1.00 price present on rear flap. Near Fine book with just a touch of sunning to the upper boards. Small ownership signature and drawing to the verso of the front endpaper, else unmarked and clean. VG jacket sunned on the spine; offsetting to the upper rear panel, with closed tears along the upper edge and a .75 inch loss to the lower rear edge. In all, a much nicer than usual copy of a difficult to find children's book.
Ferdinand, a young, peaceful bull, just wants to sit beneath his favorite cork tree and smell the flowers. His mother worries that he's lonely because all the other young bulls like to run around, butt heads, and roughhouse together. When a committee arrives to search for the next bull for the bull fights in Madrid, a surprising turn of events sees Ferdinand on his way to Madrid. But in the bull-ring Ferdinand stays true to himself no matter how they try to provoke him.
Published at the beginning of the Spanish Civil War and earning widespread popularity during the destruction and horrors of World War II, The Story of Ferdinand has been understood as an allegory of pacifism amid a world at war. An admired children's book that can be both a celebration of marching to the beat of your own drummer as well as a meditation on pacifism. Near Fine in Very Good dust jacket. (Item #3511)