Monday 4 March 2013

Doggy Treats; Antique and Vintage Dog Books

Papa Poodle & other pets written by Juliana Horatia Ewing pictured by Richard André. 

Published by SPCK and E & J.B Young. With pretty chromolithography and tinted monochrome illustrations by R. Andre. Undated c1884. Three stories told in rhyme - Papa Poodle, the little master to his big dog and the burial of Linnet.

Puggie's grave by Hans Andersen  Published by Sockl & Nathan. Undated c1895. Beautiful chromolithography and tinted monochrome illustrations. The words ‘with kind love and all good wishes for a joyous New Year’ printed on the dust jacket.

A short, tragic tale about Puggie the Pug

 'We were staying in the country at a gentleman's seat, where it happened that the master was absent for a few days. In the meantime, there arrived from the next town a lady; she had a pug dog with her, and came, she said, to dispose of shares in her tan-yard. It was about a week after we arrived in the town, and put up at the inn. Our windows looked into the tan-yard, which was divided into two parts by a partition of planks; in one half were many skins and hides, raw and tanned. Here was all the apparatus necessary to carry on a tannery, and it belonged to the widow. Puggie had died in the morning, and was to be buried in this part of the yard...' 

Now for something more cheerful;

A day with Dopey written by Florence Royce 

Dopey and Dotty written by Florence Royce 
Two tail waggingly good doggy books! Dopey is a sweet little Pekinese and Dotty is her puppy. Six beautiful full page full colour plates in each by G. E. Studdy (of Bonzo fame). Published by John Crowther in 1943. 

The Mischievous Puppy written by Leslie Martin
Illustrated with full colour plates and sepia drawings by Ethel L Tanner. Published by Gale & Polden, 1917. Rags comes to stay with Big Mistress, Little Mistress and Master and causes all kinds of upsets. This particular puppy book has seen better days the binding is very fragile and several pages are partly detached, but it’s still a feast for the eyes. 

Note; For those of you who like the 'science bit' a chromolithograph is a coloured image printed by many applications of lithographic stones: An image is applied to a stone or zinc plate with a grease-based crayon. After the image is drawn onto stone, the stone is gummed with gum Arabic solution and weak nitric acid, and then inked with oil-based paints and passed through a printing press along with a sheet of paper to transfer the image to the paper. Colours may be added to the print by drawing the area to receive the colour on a different stone, and printing the new color onto the paper. Each colour in the image must be separately drawn onto a new stone or plate and applied to the paper one at a time. It was not unusual for twenty to twenty-five stones to be used. Wikipedia. 

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Next week a further 16 books from the same series: view here

All the featured books are now sold, thanks for looking. 


  1. They are all beautiful books! The story about the pug is a bit too sad for me, but I wouldn't mind adding the others to my collection.
    Thanks for sharing, Barbara!

    Sophie @ Life Between Pages (can't log in, for some reason!)

  2. Donna DM Yates4 March 2013 at 15:27

    Well, I know I can't read about Puggie the Pug. But I so love all those other dog books. They sure put a smile on my face today.

  3. barbaraannefisher4 March 2013 at 22:27

    Hi Sophie, thanks for calling in. Puggie is very sad, but it’s also beautifully illustrated and the writing (although quaint) is captivating.

  4. barbaraannefisher4 March 2013 at 22:32

    Hi Donna, I’m glad my doggie books gave you a smile. Puggie is sad, so I tried to make up for that with the others.

  5. I had no idea about this art technique! Thanks for sharing. :) The pictures are all so interesting. I find them all appealing for different reasons. I always find treasures here!

  6. Awesome illustrations and that is very interesting! I had heard of it, but did not know what it was :)

  7. I did not know about the chronolitograph art tecnique, that was interesting to learn :)
    The books and the illustrations are adorable.

  8. Such wonderful illustrations and so colourful.

  9. Barbara

    I love the face on the Pug.

    What a precious little lot of books and thanks for the info on chromolithograph, sounds like a labour of love to go through that process - worth the outcome though.

    You always have such great books.

  10. barbaraannefisher5 March 2013 at 22:12

    Hello Stephanie,
    Thanks for your lovely comment. I’m always very happy to share.

  11. barbaraannefisher5 March 2013 at 22:15

    Thanks Joleene, I’ve read about it lots of times in the past but actually trying to explain it was more difficult – thank goodness for Wikipedia!

  12. barbaraannefisher5 March 2013 at 22:16

    Thanks Hilde, I'm glad you like them.

  13. barbaraannefisher5 March 2013 at 22:18

    I agree. It must be wonderful to be able to create such pretty things.Thanks for calling in.

  14. barbaraannefisher5 March 2013 at 22:22

    Hi Michelle,
    It was the expression on the face of the pug that drew me to the book, such a shame the story is so sad. It was interesting to find out more about chromolithography. I had a vague idea what it was but had no idea it took so many processes.
    As for great books – that’s exactly what I think when I visit your blog.

  15. The images of your books are always a pleasure.... the one with the children in a row is so cute!
    Very interesting explanation about chromolithograph, your are really an expert! Have you always enjoyed children's books?

  16. barbaraannefisher6 March 2013 at 17:42

    Hello Silvina, It’s very sweet of you to say so, but I’m not really an expert – I just read a lot of books about books. Most of the information re the illustrations came from the Internet, so I can’t take any credit for that. I’ve always loved children’s books but more so as I’ve got older, I think it’s something to do with wanting to relive happy times from my childhood.

  17. The Desert Rocks6 March 2013 at 20:36

    Love the puppies, poodles and doggies but why did the little pub have to die? Oh dear.

  18. The Desert Rocks6 March 2013 at 20:37

    I meant to write pug and don't know how to fix it.

  19. barbaraannefisher6 March 2013 at 22:09

    Hi Eve, it is sad I wish it was a happy ending. Don't worry about the pub/pug thing I’m always doing it! I did try to fix it, but Blogger won’t let me. It only gives me the option to delete and I don't want to do that. Thanks for calling in and leaving a comment. Barbara

  20. I never knew about 'Puggie's Grave.' So beautiful and tragic. (Hans Andersen wrote pretty sombre stories, didn't he?) 'The Mischievous Puppy's drawings look wonderful, too. Thank you for sharing these with us, Barbara!

  21. barbaraannefisher9 March 2013 at 07:53

    Hi Claudine, I love dogs so any story that includes the death of a dog is guaranteed to make me cry, but I still think the little match girl is his most tragic tale.


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