This delightful book, first published in 1937 as a companion volume to the previous 'Just Dogs', was evidently very popular, and a second printing in 1942 would no doubt have enlivened the dark days of the middle of WWII. The author/artist (appropriately named Barker...) discusses the different breeds with humour and wisdom born of experience, illustrating each chapter with the most enchanting drawings of puppies doing all the things that puppies do in their early weeks of life. It remains enduringly charming, and would appeal to any dog-lover.
Kathleen Francis Barker (b. 1901) was a popular British artist and writer who wrote extensively on dogs and other animals, including horses and tigers.
Our copy lacks a dust jacket, but has been protected by a soft plastic cover to good effect. The khaki cloth binding is clean, but a little faded at the spine, and on front and back where adjacent books have been smaller in size. The title is in red lettering at the top R/H corner of the front cover, and repeated, with details of author and publisher, on the spine. The plastic cover is a little damaged on the back, and at the top of the spine. Inside, the binding is firm, there are no loose pages, and all pages are clean and bright. A name is written in blue biro on the front fep, and the date 'April 1943' in blue ink.