New York: The Vanguard Press, 1937. First edition. Hardcover. 248pp. Octavo [19 cm] Orange cloth covered boards with a black ink stamped title and decorative embellishments on the spine. Good. The spine is rolled, and there is a 1/4" closed tear in the cloth at the head of the spine. The endsheets have large areas of subtle discoloration. There is a previous owner's bookplate on the front pastedown. The text block is cracked at p. 11, and the inside margins of pp. 10-11 are darkened. In a good plus dust jacket, with darkening (very prominent at the jacket's spine), and multiple closed and open tears, most of them occurring along the edges. Bleiler checklist. Item #43478
The Utah artist, John Held Jr., was one of the best known magazine illustrators of the 1920s, and his designs for F. Scott Fitzgerald jackets became icons of the Jazz Age. In this novel, the main character has the rare ability to communicate with animals in their own tongue.