Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1934.
First Edition. Hardcover. 7 3/4" X 5 3/8". 299pp. Lacking dust jacket. Red cloth over boards, with upper board and spine lettered in yellow. Moderate edgewear to binding, with bumping to extremities and small tear to head of spine. Mild soiling to edges of text block. Hinges tender. Binding remains sound. Pictorial endpapers showing elephants and barking dog in tent. Occasional crease to pages, moderately foxed throughout. A worn but still charming first edition of this novel of circus elephants by circus performer and chief publicist for Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Circus Courtney Ryley Cooper. "The adventures of Old Mom, the lovable elephant who came to the circus understanding only German directions. How she became the leader -- how she was sold and came back -- how she was kidnapped. So on and on. Good yarn, based on fact, and written so that adults would enjoy it as well as young people." --Kirkus Review, Sept. 21st, 1934. Good. Item #3326