Boris: Grandson of Baldy
Philadelphia: Penn Publishing Company, 1936. From the Bart Auerbach Collection. 8vo. Original green cloth; pictorial dust jacket. Jacket a bit chipped at edges, some discoloration to spine, but a very good copy. Item #409245
First edition. The dedication copy, inscribed by the author beneath the dedication "To My Cousin Kenneth Birdsall Jaffray": "Who listened so patiently for many years to my barks and howls." Further inscribed on the verso of the frontispiece: "To Blossom and Kenneth Jaffray with love from 'Darling.' October, 1936." And with manuscript note on p. 191: Darling has crossed out the line of dialogue "Good heavens!" and wrote: "'My God!' [arrow] Here the Publishers went Puritan on me. E. B. D." Darling and her husband ran a hardware store and expedition outfitting service in Nome, Alaska, and she ran a sled dog kennel. She wrote 'Baldy of Nome' (1913) about one of her dogs, who sired dogs that were purchased by the French military in World War I and transported to Europe where they worked pulling vehicles and carrying messages and cargo. A series of books featuring other dogs, such as Boris, followed.
WITH: Another edition. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1946. 8vo. Original blue cloth; pictorial dust jacket. Jacket a bit chipped. Dedication copy, inscribed to the dedicatee on the front free endpaper: "For Kenneth Jaffray – This new edition of our book takes with it the same old affection and good wishes from 'Darling.' March, 1946." This edition has neither of the previous readings on p. 191. The line was changed to "A bomb!"