The Fireside Book of Dog Stories, Jack Goodman, ed., 1943, Simon and Schuster, hardcover with dust jacket, 591pp.
This treasury of writings about man's best friend was published during World War II, so complies with the War Production Board's ruling on conservation of paper. Margins are smaller than average and paper is lighter in weight. The dust jacket is given not only double but triple duty - illustrating and protecting the book, advertising for dogs to volunteer for war duty, and providing a colorful 17 X 20-inch "dog map of the world" on the flip side.
There are 33 short stories and 2 complete novels, by such writers as O. Henry, Jack London, James Thurber, E.B. White, Stephen Crane, and Rudyard Kipling. See photos for complete table of contents.
Condition: very good. Covers are uniformly bright and straight, with the dog pawprint in the middle of the front cover still shiny and golden. All pages are clean and intact. Dust jacket has surface scuffs and wear and tear to the edges, especially the parts which protect the spine - giving the dog map small gaps in the middle. It is still quite lovely for framing.
Sweet nostalgia for readers, and collectible memorabilia for WW2 history buffs and animal lovers alike.