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The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle
Frederick A. Stokes Company
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First US edition of the second Doctor Dolittle book, which finds our animal-conversant hero on a number of ship-based adventures—winner of the second Newbery Medal ever presented.
Since his debut in this title, Doctor Dolittle has graced stage, screen, radio and even video games with his particular brand of kindly British bumbling and his fantastic ability to talk to animals. The original Dolittle tales frame the world beyond England's shores as curious, exotic and often dangerous, reflecting the colonialist ideals of contemporary white Britons; key plot points revolve around caricatured Black and Native American populations. They were immensely popular on both sides of the Atlantic, and a new Dolittle book was published every year between 1922 and 1928. The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle is substantially longer than the first Dolittle title, and was written with a slightly more mature audience in mind. It earned the second-ever Newbery Medal in 1923, and is still viewed as a childhood classic.
Partially-effaced owner name to half-title, tiny owner initials incorporated into the sails design of the title page.
Binding with light bumping to spine ends.
A few tiny areas of rubbing to paper onlay.
Hinges cracked but firm.
Front hinge carefully repaired.
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