Dr Dolittle’s Garden.
Written and illustrated by Hugh Lofting.
Published by Jonathan Cape in 1928.
Condition: Book itself in VG+ condition, with no pen markings, but featuring a previous owners’ book plate. Original dust jacket is in good condition and has not been price clipped, but has some general wear and a few minor tears as shown in third image.
A first edition of Dr Dolittle’s Garden, by Hugh Lofting. In its amazing original dust jacket, and featuring some of the best endpapers of all time.
In Doctor Dolittle's garden lives a host of creatures that have naturally gravitated to the little animal doctor, and it is the insects that play a large part in this story’s adventures.
When the doctor sets out to discover all there is to know about insects, many of the small creatures eagerly tell him their life stories. For instance, a water beetle tells a thrilling tale of his amazing trip across the ocean.
Through his contact with the insects, Doctor Dolittle learns of a mysterious giant race of moths. Finally he is visited by a giant moth, and realizes he has met an insect of another world. After overcoming inhuman difficulties with the language, he knows his fame as a physician and naturalist has reached worlds beyond his own, and he finally undertakes a perilous and extraordinary journey to the moon.
Imaginative and weirdly intoxicating, featuring 75 black and white illustrations by the author, and still wrapped in original dust jacket.