The Story Of Ferdinand

by Leaf, Munro

A true classic with a timeless message, The Story of Ferdinand has enchanted readers since it was first published in 1936. All the other bulls would run and jump and butt their heads together. But Ferdinand would rather sit and smell the flowers. So what will happen when our pacifist hero is picked for the bullfights in Madrid? The first print run by Viking Press sold 14,000 copies at $1 each. The following year sales increased to 68,000, and by 1938 it was selling 3,000 copies a week - outselling Gone with the Wind (which had won the Pulitzer in 1937). The story is often seen as a political symbol, and was banned in many countries including Spain. Hitler ordered it to be burned in Germany, and after the Germans were defeated in WWII 30,000 copies were printed and handed out to German children as symbols of peace. -

First Edition Identification and Notes

-A signed first edition sold for $16,500 in 2014, and unsigned can list for $10,000. First editions state "First Published September 1936 on copyright page -

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THE STORY OF FERDINAND

by Leaf, Munro; Lawson, Robert

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1936
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First edition
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New York: Viking, 1936. First edition. Fine in very good plus jacket.. First printing of the pacifist children's classic, soon to be banned in Franco's Spain at the beginning of the Spanish Civil War. The first collaboration of Lawson and Leaf, FERDINAND was a hit with children but caused controversy among adults: the story of the bull who… Read more
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The Story of Ferdinand.

by Leaf, Munro; Illustrated by Robert Lawson

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1936
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New York: The Viking Press, 1936.
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The Story of Ferdinand

by Leaf, Munro

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1936
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Near Fine
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First Edition
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New York: The Viking Press, 1936. First Edition. Near Fine/Very Good. First edition, first printing. Bound in publisher's decorated pink paper-covered boards backed with a tan cloth spine. Near Fine with wear to corners, previous owner name to front free end paper. In a Very Good or better unclipped dust jacket, with fading to the spine, light chipping… Read more
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The Story of Ferdinand

by Leaf, Munro

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1936
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1st Edition
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Viking, 1936. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/No Jacket. An advance copy of the first edition, with "First Published September 1936 on the copyright page." The book is larger than the first edition, and has rough uncut pages. The cover also differs, with brown cloth and sections of the eventual first edition cover attached. This is obviously some sort… Read more
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THE STORY OF FERDINAND

by Leaf, Munro; Lawson, Robert

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1936
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First edition
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New York: Viking, 1936. First edition. Very good in good jacket.. First printing, in later printing dust jacket, with 3 Christmas cards from the Leaf family laid in. The first collaboration of Lawson and Leaf, FERDINAND was a hit with children but caused controversy among adults: the story of the bull who would rather smell the flowers than… Read more
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The Story of Ferdinand

by Munro Leaf

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1936
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Near Fine
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1st Edition
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The Viking Press, 1936. Book. Near Fine. Hardcover. 1st Edition. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Near Fine Copy In a Custom Box Matching Front Cover. First Edition 1936/1936 Child colored two pages of The Bull.Very Rare As a First New Movie of The Same Excellent Scarce Copy.
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The Story of Ferdinand

by Leaf, Munro

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1936
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First Edition
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New York: The Viking Press, 1936. First Edition. Very Good. First edition, first printing. Bound in publisher's decorated pink paper-covered boards backed with a tan cloth spine, lacking the dust jacket. About Very Good. Covers soiled, faded and edge-worn. Previous owner name heavily scratched out on front free endpaper. Pages thumbed and with occasional light creases or wear.… Read more
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The Story of Ferdinand

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1936
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First Edition
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New York: The Viking Press, 1936. First Edition. Good. First edition, first printing. Bound in publisher's decorated pink paper-covered boards backed with a tan cloth spine, lacking the dust jacket. Good. Covers soiled and worn. Previous owner name to verso of front free end paper. Glue repair seems evident to hinge at title page. Pages soiled, foxed, thumbed… Read more
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THE STORY OF FERDINAND

by Leaf, Munro

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1937
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London: Hamish Hamilton, 1937. Near fine in very good dust jacket.. First English edition of the pacifist children's classic, banned in Franco's Spain at the beginning of the Spanish Civil War. The first collaboration of Lawson and Leaf, FERDINAND was a hit with children but caused controversy among adults: the story of the bull who would rather smell… Read more
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The Story of Ferdinand.

by Leaf, Munro. Illustrated By Robert Lawson

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1938
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New York: The Viking Press, 1938. Early printing of Munro Leaf's beloved children's classic. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated endpapers. Boldly signed by Munro Leaf on the title page. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Illustrated by Robert Lawson. "This is perhaps one of the finest 20th-century examples of the inspired wedding of a text and illustrations… Read more
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The Story of Ferdinand [SIGNED AND INSCRIBED]

by LEAF, Munro

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1937
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New York: The Viking Press, 1937. Fifth Printing in Nineteenth Printing Dust Jacket. Large Square Octavo. Pink illustrated dust jacket, illustrated yellow end papers, illustrated by Robert Lawson. Signed and inscribed by author at title page. Very good in dust jacket with spine slightly darkened, two small chips at mid-spine, light wear to edges heaviest at spine ends and… Read more
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The Story Of Ferdinand (Inscribed By Monroe Leaf With A Drawing)

by Leaf, Munro

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1938
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New York (1936): The Viking Press, Publishers, 1938. First Edition, Eleventh Printing 5th or later Printing. Boards/ Cloth. Good/No Dust Jacket. Robert Lawson. A Well Used But Complete Copy, Lacking The Dust Jacket. Inscribed On Second Front (Blank) Endpaper "For Shirley With All The Best From Munro Leaf And " (With A Drawing Of Ferdinand's Head); Book… Read more
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The Story of Ferdinand

by Leaf, Munro ; Illustrated by Robert Lawson

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1938
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Very Good with no dust jacket
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Fourteenth Printing
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NY: Viking Press. Very Good with no dust jacket. 1938. Fourteenth Printing. Hardcover. Signed by Munro Leaf on the title page. Illustrated boards lightly rubbed and edgeworn. Spine has some soiling. ; Signed by Author .
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New York: The Viking Press, 1936. Second impression (one month after the first). Square 8vo, [70pp]. Illustrated throughout in colour by Robert Lawson. Original grey cloth spine, decorated paper-covered boards, dustwrapper. The book is generally in good condition, but there is scattered foxing throughout. The dustwrapper is in fair condition only (edges chipped, with loss).… Read more
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The Story of Ferdinand

by Leaf, Munro Illustrated by Robert Lawson

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1937
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1st Edition 1st Printing
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London: Hamish Hamilton, 1937. 1st Edition 1st Printing. Hardback. Very Good/Good. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Lawson, Robert. First edition first printing Large octavo hardback 72 pages illustrated Bottom of spine colour slightly faded not affecting titles. Slight foxing on first and last few pages otherwise Very Good condition in Good unclipped dust… Read more
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The Story of Ferdinand.

by LEAF, Munro.

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1937
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Hamish Hamilton, London., 1937. First U.K. edition. Octavo. Unpaginated. Illustrations in black-and-white by Robert Lawson. A classic story for children that was banned in Spain and Nazi Germany for being pacifist "democratic propaganda".Ownership signature on front pastedown. Spine darkened and a little rubbed at head and tail. Covers a little marked and slightly rubbed at edges. Prelims a little… Read more
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The Story of Ferdinand

by Leaf, Munro

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1936
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Eighteenth Printing
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9780670674244
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The Viking Press. Very Good-. 1936. Eighteenth Printing. Hardcover. 0670674249 . Tan cloth and decorated pink boards. Eighteenth printing. To the title page it is SIGNED, WITHOUT INSCRIPTION, BY THE AUTHOR. The corners and edges are worn with the boards showing at the corners. The corners are a bit rounded. There is some fairly minor staining along… Read more
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The Story of Ferdinand

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1937
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New York, New York, U.S.A: Viking Press, 1937. Hardcover. Good/No Jacket. Lawson, Robert. IBy Author. GOOD / NO DUST JACKET. Inscribed and signed by author. Ex-library with ownership markings. Cloth spine with pink paper cover. 8th printing 1937. Slight wear on corners, Interior in good, clean condition.
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The Story of Ferdinand

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1962
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New York: Scholastic Book Service, 1962. Book. Illus. by Robert Lawson. Fine. Soft cover. April 1962 , 2nd. printing , Illustrated soft cover , unpaginated with black and white drawings by Lawson. Condition : Fine. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
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The Story of Ferdinand

by Leaf, Munro

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1937
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Very Good
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6th Printing
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New York, NY : Viking, 1937. 6th Printing . Hardcover. Very Good/Fair. Octavo. Lawson, Robert. Previous owner's bookplate inside the cover. The dust jacket is sunned along the spine and edges. Missing chips along the top edge and spine of the dust jacket. Now in a new protective sleeve. Shipped from the… Read more
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The Story of Ferdinand

by Munro Leaf

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The Story of Ferdinand

by Leaf, Munro

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1969-05-19
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9780670050147
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THE STORY OF FERDINAND

by Munro Leaf

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1965
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Reprint; Third Printing
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New York: Scholastic Book Serv.. 1965. Reprint; Third Printing. Softcover. Very Good+ in wraps. .
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The Story of Ferdinand

by Leaf, Munro

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9780241901779
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The Story of Ferdinand

by Munro Leaf

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1938
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Very Good
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First Edition
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New York: The Viking Press, 1938. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Quarto. Robert Lawson. An early printing, two years after the first, in the original quarter beige cloth and red, black and white decorated boards with black design of Ferdinand. Mild edge rubbing as usual; otherwise a near fine copy, clean and unmarked. Scarce.
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The Story Of Ferdinand

by Leaf, Munro

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1984-01-01
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9780590020510
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The Story of Ferdinand: 75th Anniversary Edition

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2011-03-31
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9780670013234
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The Story of Ferdinand

by Leaf, Munro

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1937
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Good
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Sixth Printing.
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New York: The Viking Press. Unpaginated. Illustrated paper Hardcover with tan cloth spine and pink title, paper worn through at corners, minimal scuffing to front cover, title page is partially free, but the rest is sound and bright. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. B5 . Good. Hardcover. Sixth Printing.. 1937.
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The Story of Ferdinand.

by LEAF, Munro.

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1966
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Very Good in Very Good dust jacket
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NY:: Viking,. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. 1966. Hardcover. Thirtieth printing. Very good in a very good (lower corner of front flap is clipped) dust jacket with the original $2.50 price in the upper corner of the front flap. An attractive, reasonably well preserved vintage copy of this classic. .
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The Story of Ferdinand

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9780590758178
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The Story of Ferdinand - Second UK Edition, 1938.

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1938
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The Story of Ferdinand

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9780812405880
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The Story of Ferdinand (Reading Railroad)

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9780448421902
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The Story of Ferdinand (Puffin Storytime)

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Story of Ferdinand: Novel-Ties Study Guide (Little Novel-Ties)

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9780881225945
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The Story of Ferdinand - 1964 Children's Choice Book Club Edition

by Leaf, Munro

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1964
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Near Fine
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Viking Press, 1964. Hardcover. Near Fine. Lawson, Robert. Condition is Near Fine. Appears unread. Light shelf wear.to brown, pictorial boards. Small round sticker on front. Gift inscription on inside front cover.
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The Story of Ferdinand

by Leaf, Munro

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J. E. MILES, A BOOKSELLER
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1965
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The Story of Ferdinand

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1936
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The Story of Ferdinand

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2007
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Collectible - Very Good
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First Printing
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Viking. Collectible - Very Good. 2007. First Printing. Soft Cover. (B493) .
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The Story of Ferdinand: 75th Anniversary Edition

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9780670013234
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Ferdinand

by Munro Leaf

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The Story Of Ferdinand

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The Story of Ferdinand

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9780670674244
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The Story of Ferdinand

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9780241901779
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The Story of Ferdinand (Railroad Book)

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9780448421902
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The Story of Ferdinand.

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1964.
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Fine copy in fine dust jacket (in mylar). As new.
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Reprint.
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New York.: Viking Press., 1964.. Reprint. . Decorated hard cover. . Fine copy in fine dust jacket (in mylar). As new.. Octavo.. Illustrated. Very scarce in this condition. .
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The Story of Ferdinand: 75th Anniversary Edition

by Leaf, Munro (Author)

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2011
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New
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9780670013234
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Viking Juvenile, 2011. Hardcover. New. hardback/cd an edition. 72 pages. 10.00x8.00x1.00 inches.
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THE STORY OF FERDINAND

by Leaf, Munro

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Published
1938
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New York: Viking Press, 1938. Robert Lawson. No pagination (c70p), illustrated boards with cloth spine, illustrated by Robert Lawson, light edge wear, vg. 13th Printing.
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