LEAF,MUNRO. THE STORY OF FERDINAND. NY: Viking 1936 (1936). 8vo, (7 1/4 x 8 1/4"), cloth backed pictorial boards, corners worn, covers and spine lightly soiled, VG in dust wrapper (dw is from a later printing, spine faded, some closed tears and soil, Good condition) with $1.00 price intact. 1st printing of one of the most popular and enduring children's books ever written. Illustrated in incomparable style by ROBERT LAWSON. THIS COPY HAS 3 CHRISTMAS CARDS FROM THE LEAF FAMILY LAID IN. Each card has an illustration by Leaf done just for the card. One has an extra pen note and ink doodle by Leaf with a long note on the verso from Leaf's wife. Another is inscribed by Leaf. Bader notes: "It is dynamic text and no less vital picturization" (p. 145). Amazingly enough, Little Brown turned down the offer to publish Ferdinand, which Viking accepted after much persuasion! Rare and even more special with the cards.