THE ORDEAL OF OLIVER AIREDALE or TO THE DOGS AND BACK: A SATIRE WITH TEETH IN IT

NY: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1941. 1st Edition. Hardcover. First edition. A 1941 satire, using canine species to represent nations during WWI: Oliver, an airedale, realizes what Der Pootsch (Hitler) really meant in his book "My Dogfight" and how the Caninian (Americans) needed to come to their senses and assist the Anglaterriers (Brits) to save western civilization. Brilliantly conceived and illustrated (Winston and FDR species appropiate). INSCRIBED WITH AN ORIGINAL SKETCH by Carlisle, author and illustrator both, with a hound (for which his illustrations in hunting books are famous) staring, with paw to cheek, at a calendar dated January 1952, with the inscription "Better late then never. D. C." (which, beyond being a reference to the fact he is inscribing the book 11 years after it was published is also the point of his satire about the US finally getting over its isolationism and joining the world fight). Lacking dustjacket, yellow cloth covers with dog legs conjoined in a red swastika, soiled, more so to spine. Sui generis, indeed. Very Good. Item #011192

Price: $475.00

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