(LAWSON,ROBERT)illus. THE STORY OF FERDINAND by Munro Leaf. NY: Viking 1936 (1936). (7 1/4 x 8 1/4"), cloth backed pictorial boards, FINE in VG+, bright dust wrapper with $1.00 price intact (dw spine sunned, spine ends chipped and small corner chip). 1st edition, 1st printing of one of the most popular and enduring children's books ever written. Illustrated in incomparable style by Lawson. "It is dynamic text and no less vital picturization" (Bader p. 145). Amazingly enough, Little Brown turned down the offer to publish Ferdinand, which Viking accepted after much persuasion! Nice copies like this are scarce.