First published in 1930 in the US, this is the October 1930 (reprint) UK edition, by Macmillan and Co. Charming stories 'edited' by Rudyard Kipling recounting the adventures of Boots the dog as told by himself. Coupled with delightful illustrations by G L Stampa. This is a quality edition, bound in salmon pink marbled leather with gilt lettering and designs, marbled end papers and gilt edges to pages. Silk bookmark.
The story is told by Boots, a black Aberdeen terrier very similar to those owned by Kipling over the years which obviously inspired his verse "The Power of the Dog". Boots lives in London with his master. Although Boots is able to talk, he has a very limited vocabulary. While reporting what he sees and hears, he lacks understanding of what is going on. He is, in fact, the epitome of a literary device so often used by Kipling, the imperfectly-informed narrator. The cleverness of the writing, however, enables the reader to understand the action, even though the dog does not.
Contains three stories as told by 'Boots' the dog: Thy Servant a Dog, The Great Play Hunt and Toby Dog. Delightful and easy tales suitable for everyone with a love of dogs, both young and old.
There is an inscription in the inside front cover reading: 'St John darling wishing you every kind of happiness , with my love, Molly. Christmas 1930'.
In great condition. Slight sun-fading to the spine and some very light foxing on a few pages.